MMPA 6420 Week 6 Discussion

Concept of Leadership

Have you had the opportunity to collaborate with a good leader? What skills, traits, and behaviors made this leader effective? In terms of leadership, effective has different meanings depending upon the context in which it is used, and who is defining it. Leadership that works in public and/or nonprofit organizations often differs from that which is effective in private-sector organizations. What is true, however, is that leadership is comprised of specific skills, traits, and behaviors, some of which are innate and others, which can be learned.

For this Discussion, you asses your own skills and traits that you believe would make you an effective leader in public administration. To assist you in assessing your leadership skills and traits complete the “Leadership Trait Questionaire” in Chapter 2 of the Northouse text and one of the following the “Skills Inventory” in Chapter 3, or the “Style Questionnaire” in Chapter 4 of the Northouse text.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 the skills and traits that you possess that you think would make you an effective leader in a public or nonprofit organization in your community, and explain why. Then reflect on the skills and traits you may still need to acquire to be an effective leader in public administration. Explain gaps you might need to fill in order to be an effective leader.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources and other current literature in the Walden Library.


  • Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
    • Chapter 2, “Trait Approach” (pp. 19–41)
    • Review Chapter 3, “Skills Approach” (pp. 43–70)
    • Chapter 4, “Behavioral Approach” (pp. 71-91)
    • Chapter 5, “Situational Approach (pp. 93-113)

Optional Resources

  • Bennis, W. (2010). Art of followership. Leadership Excellence, 27(1), 3–4.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Bons, P. M., & Fiedler, F. E. (1976). Changes in organizational leadership and the behavior of relationship- and task-motivated leaders. Administrative Science Quarterly, 21(3), 453–473.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Chantel, C. U. (2007). What followers want from leaders: Capitalizing on diversity. Nonprofit World, 25(5), 15–16.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Chong, E., & Wolf, H. (2010). Factors influencing followers’ perception of organisational leaders.Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 31(5), 402–419.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

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