The trait theory focuses on characteristics and attributes of leaders and how these influence followers. According to this theory, traits can not be inherited. People are born with them.  While there is no definite list of traits a leader needs to have, the theory shows that leaders are “gifted” because they possess special traits. Some of these include dominance, intelligence, and motivation. Organizations can use this theory to decide what kind of people will have exceptional qualities for a certain job. Traits are intuitively appealing and have been considered credible due to the many years of research.

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