Trait Theory - Carlyle and Galton

Trait Theory - Carlyle and Galton

Notable trait-based theorists are Thomas Carlyle and Francis Galton.

Their ideas, published in the mid-1800s, did much to establish and reinforce popular support for trait-based leadership thinking then, and for many years afterwards.

In fact the general acceptance of trait-based leadership theory remained virtually unchallenged for around a hundred years, when in the mid 20th century more modern ways of researching leadership started to uncover some inconsistencies in the trait-based ideas.