Grand Canyon University Leader Must Have Certain Traits Discussion Response


please respond to the following discussion post as a peer making a comment. “To me, the elements that I am drawn to when it comes to a leader include the following traits:

-Trust- Fully relying on someone else to do the right thing and believing in the person’s integrity and strength, to the extent that you’re able to put yourself on the line, at some risk to yourself. Trust is also an essential factor because it provides a sense of safety.

-Honesty-When a leader makes a statement or takes a particular decision, all team members must be able to believe that the leader will follow through and keep his or her word.

-Excellent Communication Skills-An effective leader is one who communicates well across a variety of different media – email, telephone, and face-to-face. Others need to be able to grasp the purpose, the directions, and the end goal of any project for it to be completed successfully.

-Confidence- I want a leader who is self-assured and who can articulate their goals and stand by decisions (Bell, 2018).

These traits interconnect with my personal beliefs because they are the same elements that I strive to be as a leader. These traits and elements are also related to my own personal and ethical beliefs. These beliefs act as a guide and motivate and influence my actions throughout life. For example, I strive to follow the golden rule which denotes that you should treat others the way you want to be treated yourself. Therefore, I try to come across as kind and respectful to everyone and not just when in a leadership position. Additionally, I do believe that the beliefs of leaders can interfere with their ability to effectively lead. Leaders can create conditions for unethical conduct, and they can become a major obstacle to effective leadership. For example, having power as a leader can change one’s beliefs. Not only are leaders liable to become less empathetic as they accumulate power, but they are also likely to grow more self-entitled (Bulgarella, 2018). This can ultimately cause leaders to change their original beliefs and result in follower turnover.


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