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Their study lays considerable emphasis not so much on specula2 Ross, M. , and Hendry, C. , New Understandings of Leadership, Association Press, New York, 1957. LEADERSHIP UNDER SCRUTINY 35 tion about ideal leadership qualities as on gathering data about leadership acts in practice and on research to test hypotheses arising both from the facts and from theory. They distinguish three types of leadership: (i) the person who has achieved prominence by unique attainment, who is ahead of his group; (ii) the person who by designation has been given an official status, who is then the head of his group; and (iii) the person who emerges in a given situation in ways the group recognises as needed, that is, one who is a head of his group.
In both cases, however, leadership was evidently exercised by a central figure, either a war-time prime minister with great powers and immense personal prestige, or a peace-time prime minister more subject to Parliament and elected not so much for his personal qualities as for his policies. R. or Malaysia, in the XYZ Boys' Club or the local Women's Institute. The personal traits obviously differ very much and the group's expectations vary equally, yet in all cases the central figure is regarded as the leader and is given authority and status more than he or she would have as a mere member.
Ten such types of person are listed, ranging from the hero to the bad influence and from the tyrant to the good example. If, however, it is true that leadership qualities are something within the individual which he can therefore bring effectively to different groups in different situations, it is evident that what he brings must "click" or gear into what others bring to the group, otherwise it simply will not work. A charming woman who is prized as a morale-booster on social occasions but who knows no first-aid may be tolerated in an accident only if she can telephone for an ambulance; a gifted bazaar-opener or political propagandist may fail her family if she can only boil an egg.
A Life Full of Meaning. Some Suggestions and Some Material for the Future Training of Youth Leaders by R. W. J. Keeble