What traits might Barack Obama possess that contribute to his strong leadership ability? Does Obama’s case support a trait perspective of leadership? Why or why not?
Self –Confidence: he believes himself and has a strong self- confidence which were proved by his fantastic communication skills and his success in the path of politics.
Persistence: as the case said, the persistence led him to win the 2005 senate election, although he lost before.
Opportunity catching: he is good at seizing opportunities, which facilitate him to join a small civil right firm, run for the Illinois state senate and so on.
Self awareness: he understands himself so well and knows how to tie his own experiences into his path of politics.
Adaptability：he got accustomed to living in different places with her mother when he was young. And he also adapted himself to different situation such as being a outstanding student in law school, working fantastically in a civil right firm, win for the Illinois state senate and so on.
Verbal fluency/great speaker: he is good at rousing people’s attention.
Experienced: he has a lot of experience which contribute a lot to his politics path such as studying in law school, working in a civil right firm, win for the Illinois state senate and so on.
Intelligence: he is intellect and just as his teacher described that he is a raw political talent.
Sense of humor: he is very humorous, such as he described himself as “skinny kid with a funny name”.
Interpersonal skills: he is good at interpersonal skills such as communication skills. Just as the case mentioned that he is good at speaking for general public and rousing people’s attention.
Charismatic: he is a born leader full of charming, that why he has enjoyed a wide popularity and his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention showed his quality of Charisma.
A trait perspective of leadership advocates that effective leaders are born. And the traits which they own are also born such as physical characteristics, personality characteristics as well as some ability. Firstly we have to acknowledge that some characteristics of Obama including intelligence such as a raw political talent, self confidence, and communication skills that some people are born public speaker, Sense of humor and so on are born and support the trait perspective of leadership. While, some characteristics including experienced, Opportunity catching, Adaptability, Persistence can be nurtured, even the self confidence can be developed through task fulfillment.
By and large the characteristic Obama owes are both natural and nurtured.