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10 leadership theories

Watch this video that takes you through 10 leadership theories in just a few minutes.

We are starting our final activity of the week by looking at the major theories that exist about leadership, what it is and how it arises. Watch the video in which you will be introduced to 10 major leadership theories.

These theories have led to the development of questionnaires designed to test the different traits, abilities and behaviours that various theories claim make someone a leader.

We are going to spend the rest of this week looking at your own leadership abilities based on some of these questionnaires. We will start by looking at how you score your own leadership traits and compare it with what other people think about you. We’ll then look at leadership skills, and assess the usefulness of tests like these in defining people’s capacity as leaders.

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