chapter  2
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Trait theories

Third Reich, and that his great self-belief, military strategizing and powers of

leadership made him a great man of history; a man that led his country to victory

in one of its darkest hours. Churchill is a powerful figure with which to open our

consideration of leadership theory – and a worthy figure to form the basis of the

first Case Study of this chapter. It is with Churchill’s historic words in mind that

we begin our journey, one that will traverse the diverse landscape of leadership

theory over the chapters that follow. We begin with the presentation of trait

theory, an approach that claims its foundations in the ‘Great Man’ theory of