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Trait Theory of Leadership in Criminology: Definition & Summary

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What is one major criticism of the trait theory of leadership?

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1. What part of the criminal justice system is trait theory most commonly applied to?

2. Which of the following is not a skill that Montgomery Van Wart believed all solid leaders should have?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What makes a solid leader? In what ways is the trait theory of leadership criticized? These are just some of the facts you will need to know when you use this quiz/worksheet assessment tool.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

On this quiz, you will be asked to:

  • Describe a major criticism of the trait theory of leadership
  • Identify in what area of criminal justice this theory is most applied
  • List the skills Montgomery Van Wart believed all solid leaders should have
  • Recognize what question this theory sought to answer
  • Understand what the trait theory implies about the traits of great leaders

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as where the trait theory of leadership is applied
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about criticisms of the trait theory and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application use your knowledge to answer questions about the skills and traits of solid and great leaders

Additional Learning

The lesson titled Trait Theory of Leadership in Criminology: Definition & Summary provides more details about this concept. You can learn more about:

  • When this theory emerged and when it really took form
  • Which traits were listed for good leaders in the 1970s
  • What book Montgomery Van Wart wrote on this subject
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