Discussion 1: Leadership Defined

Discussion 1: Leadership Defined

For this Discussion, focus on the important events and historical markers shown on the animated leadership timeline,Origins of Leadership. Consider the leadership distinctions, such as: trait versus process approaches; assigned versus emergent leadership; leadership versus management; and force, power, and coercion. Review the course text, taking note of the difficulties of defining leadership and how it has evolved. Selectone of the threecases in Chapter 2 of the course text,Leadership: Theory and Practice, and answer the questions following the case you selected

Your responses to the questions for the case you selected in Chapter 2. Be thorough and specific. Analyze how the situation described in your selected case illustrates the events shown in theOrigins of Leadershiptimeline. Share insights and draw conclusions about how the trait approach to leadership is conveyed in your selected case.

Note:Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources


Discussion 2: Evolution of Leadership

For this Discussion, focus on the important events and historical markers shown on the animated leadership timeline,Origins of Leadership. Think about how leadership has been impacted by history and has evolved. Think about how leadership might be viewed differently outside of the United States. Findthreeexamples of leaders from different parts of the world and who are also from different eras: 20th–21st centuries, 17th–19th centuries, and before the 17th century.

A brief description of thethreeleaders you selected. Then, explain the evolution of leadership as represented by each leader. Describe the conclusions you drew about the evolution of leadership from the examples of leaders you selected.

Note:Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources. Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.



  • Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks: CA: Sage Publications.
    • Chapter 1, “Introduction” (pp. 1–18)
    • Chapter 2, “The Trait Approach” (pp. 19– 42)
  • Deegan, D. (2009). The changing face of leadership: Past, present and future.Training Journal, 45–48.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Dinh, J. E., & Lord, R. G. (2012). Implications of dispositional and process views of traits for individual difference research in leadership.The Leadership Quarterly, 23(4), 651–669.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Plachy, R. (2009). When to lead? When to manage?T+D, 63(12), 52–55.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Walter, F., & Scheibe, S. (2013). A literature review and emotion-based model of age and leadership: New directions for the trait approach.The Leadership Quarterly, 24(6), 882–901.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Document:Final Research Paper Guidelines

    Located in theCourse Informationarea of the course navigation menu.


  • Laureate Education (Producer). (2010).Origins of leadership[Video file]. Baltimore: Author.Origins of leadership Transcript (PDF

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