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Developing Community Leadership

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What makes a person a leader in their community? Were they born with such traits or did they develop them over time? How can you actively develop strong leadership for your community? These are questions often asked by members of a community. And there are answers.

American traditions and circumstances foster widespread leadership potential. The question of whether or not just one type of person can be a "leader" has been studied at length. Early research on human behavior was directed toward finding inherited traits that would distinguish between leaders and nonleaders. Most researchers today have concluded that inherited characteristics are not crucial to becoming a leader. Instead, they have focused on leadership as an ability, a process and a product. ...

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