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Leadership Theory and Practice - An Analysis
A look at the shared characteristics of successful leaders.
# 151938 | 2,325 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2012 in Sociology (General) , Psychology (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper analyzes the personality traits of successful leaders, with a particular emphasis on Fannie Lou Hamer 's experience. First the paper gives some definitions of leadership pointing out that a leader influences a group to move towards a common goal. It also notes shared characteristics of leaders. Then, the paper describes the life and contributions of Fannie Lou Hamer and her impact of voting rights for African-Americans. Next, the paper explores three theories of leadership and the personality traits they encompass. Finally, the paper addresses the role of followers in supporting a leader. The paper concludes by stating that leadership is a skill that results from personality and inner strength as well as the external environment.


Fannie Lou Hamer
Trait Theory
Skills Theory
Style Theory
Lessons from Fannie Lou Hamer's Life

From the Paper:

"Hamer made history by joining the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), within two years of its founding in 1960. By 1963, she became a registered voter and also the field secretary of SNCC. Her primary aim was to work for the upliftment of African-Americans in her county. According to deGregory (2009 ;p.222), Hamer felt that African Americans were powerless because they feared white retribution. She worked hard to educate people about the benefits of voting and encouraged many people to become registered voters. She organized numerous poverty programs and community workshops to help people become enfranchised.
"She shot to popularity after her instrumental role in the founding of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDC) in 1964. She co-founded this organization as an alternative to the Mississippi Democratic Party that consisted mostly of white people. She became the Vice-Chairman of the party after she was elected to this post at the National convention of MFDC. She gave a profoundly moving speech for MFDC on national television and this brought a lot of attention to her and to the party. Her fierce passion for the upliftment of her community and her strong leadership skills has been described..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Northouse, Peter. G (2007). Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage Publishers.
  • Wren, Thomas. J; Hicks, Douglas. A; Price, Terry. L. (2004). The International Library of Leadership, Volume 2. Edward Elgar Publishing
  • deGregory, Crystal. A. (2009). Hamer, Fannie Lou (1917-1977). Freedom Facts & Firsts: 400 years of the African American Civil Rights Experience. p. 221
  • Johns, Horace. E; Moser, Ronald. H. (1989). From Trait to Transformation: The Evolution of Leadership Theories. Education 110(1). p 115.
  • Cavell, David. P. (November 2007). Leadership or Followership: One or Both? Healthcare Financial Management 61(11). pp 142-144.

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