The approach of trait towards leadership has been identified as one of the oldest theories related to leadership. Even though this cannot be considered as a completely articulated through having hypotheses that is well established, the approach of trait has contributed in the formation of the base for the earliest research of leadership (Chen 2000). This particular approach created a focus on the personal traits or attributes of the leadership personalities like the characteristics of personality as well as the physical appearance, values and competencies. This particular approach considered leadership individually from the point of view of the single leaders. An implicit point of view within this particular approach is related to an assumption with respect to the fact that traits have been producing the patterns related to behaviour that have the consistency across certain events and situations (Chen 2000). This means that the traits of leadership have been considered towards the endurance of characteristics that the individuals have stability by birth and it has been seen that they comparatively stay stable with the passage of time.
Development of a list has been done by the researchers of trait and it is their belief that these have a strong relation with the success of leadership. In the creation of these types of lists, there had been a mixture of a number of varying attributes done by a number of researchers. All of these particular lists consisted of characteristics like intelligence, perseverance, stability of emotions, assertiveness, self- confidence, ambition, and motivation (Carlyle 2007). However, there had not been any exhaustiveness within these lists and there had been a typical omission of a certain relevant attributes with respect to leadership. This essay shall be discussing the trait approach of leadership in a comparison with other different approaches.