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Leadership theory is the application of different theories in order to understand effective leadership. Each theory has been developed by those who have studied leadership behavior and examines what qualities make a good leader and how they apply to different situations. The following list includes some of the most common leadership theories, including their main characteristics.
Great man theory
The great man theory is a 19th-century idea that leaders are born, not made. It believes that the qualities of a great leader can be seen in early childhood and that these qualities can’t be taught or learned but are