WEEK 2: DIALOGUE

Review the five traits of successful leaders outlined on pp. 74-75 of Hackman & Johnson. Do you think these traits contribute to leadership effectiveness? Which trait or traits do you feel are most important to leaders? How do these traits relate to Biblical Principles for Communication studied in Week 1? Utilize scripture and faith integration to support your answers.

Your response should be between 250-300 words and in APA format with at least 2 scholarly references.

Above is what we had to answer for this week. it is already done. I need to respond to the post below. Your response should be between 250-300 words and in APA format with at least 2 scholarly references.

Hackman and Johnson outline the traits approach to leadership as containing five specific traits that lead to success. The five traits, Cognitive abilities, Personality, Motivation, Social Appraisal, and Problem-Solving Skills are believed to be present to some degree in contemporary leadership. (Hackman. 75) As far as the validity of these traits being a cornerstone of leadership, I absolutely agree that these are five examples of traits that can make up an effective leader, however would caution that there are many more that could be “listed” depending on circumstance. Believing that this would be a one size fits all list would be difficult in today’s changing world and therefor I do not believe solely on the traits approach to leadership. As far as effectiveness from those traits listed I believe that Personality, Motivation, and Social Appraisal can outweigh Cognitive and Problem-Solving skills in defining what would make for effective leadership. This thought is based largely on how America views leadership and what traits Americans value. If you are “likeable”, motivated, and are socially aware, you can train or surround yourself with those who poses intelligence to support your leadership.

The problem with this, however is if you build your leadership model on “likeable” traits, your leadership may not be long, as weakness will be exposed and credibility will be lost. Also a downside to this style of leadership, you will end up focusing more effort on becoming a people pleaser and will ultimately lose your ability to lead based on a foundation that cannot be sustained. Galatians 1:10 “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Hackman, M. Z., & Johnson, C. E. (2013). Leadership: a communication perspective. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Pr.

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