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“Are Leaders Born?        or Are They Made?”
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Clarke wrote:                        M. Wierzgac wrote:We are, for the mo...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Krstulovic wrote:They are born to be made.Let me clarify it this way – Le...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”O. Ballesta wrote:Leadership is a quality that can be improved by training a...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Chapple wrote:The old nature versus nurture question!I am an advocate tha...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”C. Sorab wrote:Ahhhh. The old "Nature vs. Nurture" debate. I think the quest...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”D. Prasad wrote: To me its neither; they are self made with will and visionS...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Chaplin wrote:Leadership is learned.As a certified facilitator of The Lea...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J.M. Koenig wrote:    J.M. Koenig later wrote:I was born.           Im curio...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”K. LaVine wrote:In order to answer this question an even more basic one must...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J.S. Webster wrote:              B. Sanders wrote:I think that anyone can   ...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Bernier wrote:That question is right up there with the nature or nurture ...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Bowker wrote:Many tend to agree that true leadership qualities are thread...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S.M. Diamond wrote:          I. Babelli wrote:                             L...
R. Evans wrote:Both. I absolutely believe that leadership can be taught/learned. This case has been made in many ways, inc...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Iyer wrote:I presume you are asking in the context of a business organisa...
R. Betts wrote:The short answer is yes. There are certain traits that have to be organic to you nature. Inother words, som...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”O. Lawrence wrote:The truly gifted leaders are born with certain supporting ...
T. Modeste wrote:The problem with great leaders is that they are too few and far between. So waitingaround or searching fo...
A. Bose wrote:Leaders are born.Not everyone can be a Leader. I would rather say Leaders are synonymous to"Great Communicat...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”K. Rao wrote:I think i depends on your perspective - Leadership as ascience ...
L.J. Anderson wrote:This is a complex subject and there is no simple answer. Different cultural styles demand differentlea...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”N. Vassudhev wrote:                  C. Braverman wrote:That leaders are bor...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Knill wrote:Both! Recollect if you will your elementary school years.Most...
R.T. Greene wrote:Leadership is neither learned not born into us. It is entirely contingent. That is,the person or group t...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” D. Burns wrote: Born and Made...but most importantly, leaders need to give ...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Hurst wrote:I wish we could once and for all put this question to bed and...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Liu wrote:I think most of them are born with it. I am sorry if I had offe...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”K. Kelley wrote:Im studying leadership right now for my masters thesis as it...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Lockhart wrote:I believe that Leaders are born of the situations that the...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”T. Cunniff wrote:In my experience, the answer is both and -- more often than...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Mitra wrote:Twins growing in the same environment among same friends have...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Bhatnagar wrote:Well, NONE of “Born Vs Made”. It works in combinations of...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Mittal wrote:I would say a men is made of circumstances. It all dependswh...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Miller wrote:                        S. Balakrishnan wrote:I think in mos...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Parsons wrote:While some leaders definitely have a genetic advantage on l...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Bhan wrote:Nice question - great answers.Reminds me of something my fathe...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”F. Hayashi, PMP wrote:             R. Torres wrote:Each leader isborn with h...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Sadler wrote:Great question and lots of great answers! Here’s my take:Fir...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” L.T. de Carvalho wrote: I think that leaders that think theyre leaders beca...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Otterson wrote:Both.Some of the qualities of a leader are learned, others...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Ingle wrote:It can be said leaders are born and will always be successful...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”T. Willette wrote:As an individual develops, their abilities develop. Attitu...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J.H. Brondum wrote:We are all born. So guess the answer is yes. However, lea...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”D. Grossu wrote:                C. Braverman wrote:Leaders are born but they...
M. Herbert wrote:Leadership is earned, it is a gift from those who are willing to trust you and follow yourdirection. I am...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Parkyn wrote:The answer is yes...Yes, they are born; but if their talents...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Campbell wrote:Leaders are bred like thoroughbred racing horses. But, eve...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” A. Tupan wrote: A good discussion with some very interesting points being m...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Subramanian wrote:"DNA to lead"? - I dont think so.I think what makes goo...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Shyam wrote:Not everyone can be a leader just like not everyone can becom...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Krasnyansky wrote:Lets go to the basic Encyclopedia Britannica: "Leadersh...
J.A. Cole wrote:My take is the latter - a combination of the two. While I may believe that some people are born withLeader...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Letton wrote:                        Y. Hanoulle wrote:Leaders are the "O...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Munoz wrote:I think all great leaders are to some degree a combination of...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”T. McDonald wrote:                              H. Cuevas wrote:I think that...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R.E.G. Smith wrote:When I think of leadership, I look for qualities such as ...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”B. Simpson wrote:I like Garys answer liking it to Athletics - you can be nat...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Foster wrote:Both.Look back to human roots, leaders were the strongest. S...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Garoo wrote:"I wish I knew the formulae, to make the test tube baby influ...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Das wrote:Made, made....simple made. There are lots of theories and ideas...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” J. Jeckmans wrote: Interesting question to start with. Is it so, that the q...
“Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” T. Schulte Both.              www.Linked2Leadership.com
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  1. 1. “Are Leaders Born? or Are They Made?”
  2. 2. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Clarke wrote: M. Wierzgac wrote:We are, for the most part born the Leaders are made.same. Carbon based organisms.Ten fingers. Ten toes. Excluding Leaders become leaders in 1 of 3 ways: 1 - a crisis or event pushes them into leadershipbirth defects and trauma, we have 2 - their personality leads them into itthe same faculties to exploit. 3 - they choose to be a leader.So, I am a believer that it has to do If they choose to become a leader, they alsoin large part with environmental choose the depth of their training (some deep,factors that affect the individual. some shallow). www.Linked2Leadership.com
  3. 3. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Krstulovic wrote:They are born to be made.Let me clarify it this way – Leadership is a set of skills that can be learned bypractice over time. This is true of literally any skill. However, you need somein-born talent or “pre-determination” to master the skill. There is asignificant difference between “learning the skill” and mastering one.I love basketball, but no matter how hard I practice, I won’t be able to play itlike Michael Jordan. I hope you see where I am coming from. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  4. 4. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”O. Ballesta wrote:Leadership is a quality that can be improved by training and experience.In short, passion, communicational abilities, innovative mindset, abilities tonegotiate, humility, courage, self-determination and empowerment are a mixof personality traits with learned skills that being most of them innate andinherent to the emotional profile and personality of an individual can beperfectly enhanced, expanded and improved by proper training, successiveand diverse experience in the workplace, mentoring and behaviouralcoaching. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  5. 5. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Chapple wrote:The old nature versus nurture question!I am an advocate that leadership can be developed overtime. It is essentially about understanding other peopleand, more importantly, understanding yourself.Of course, there will always be those individuals who have anatural talent for leadership far above the majority! www.Linked2Leadership.com
  6. 6. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”C. Sorab wrote:Ahhhh. The old "Nature vs. Nurture" debate. I think the question here is what makes a good leader?Seeing as we are all individuals we are all led by different things or styles of management, what works well for oneperson may not work well for another. Some like to be led by the nose and others prefer a gentle tap in the rightdirection.A good leader may be born with the ability to inspire others, but it takes a real leader to learn from others andimprove himself. The ability to learn and adapt is paramount to effective leadership and the only part that natureplays in this is to give the individual the capacity to learn. Even the desire to better ones self is probably learntthrough life.I think that as a leader, the day you stop learning is the day you cease to be an effective leader.So I vote that it is the "right" mix of nature and nurture that develops a great leader. Im sure there are many greatpeople born every day that have the potential to be fantastic leaders but who will never grow up in an environmentthat enables then to realise their potential. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  7. 7. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”D. Prasad wrote: To me its neither; they are self made with will and visionS. Hazra wrote:Everyone comes into this world by virtue of birth and so do the Leaders!!Leadership is a skill and like any other skill can be acquired over a period of time bypracticing it. Some people are talented and are born with good leadership qualities. Butlike any other skill, one has to hone it over a period of periods and has to remaindynamic. Not all of the leaders are born with the same, it is through your upbringingand training of your mind, perseverance, ability & aptitude to learn can only make agood leader. There are certain traits but as a Leadership has Application dimension,hence, simply knowing the traits will not make a good leader. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  8. 8. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Chaplin wrote:Leadership is learned.As a certified facilitator of The Leadership Challenge by Jim Kouzes & Barry Posner, I cite theirfindings based on more than 25 years of research:"Its nonsense to assume that leadership is genetic. Theres no hard evidence to support thatassumption... The truth is that leadership is an observable set of skills and abilities...and any skillcan be strengthened, honed, and enhanced if we have the motivation and desire, the practice andfeedback, the role models and coaching, and the support and recognition."For more information, I highly recommend adding Jim & Barrys fourth edition of The LeadershipChallenge to your leadership library. Live, learn, and lead! www.Linked2Leadership.com
  9. 9. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J.M. Koenig wrote: J.M. Koenig later wrote:I was born. Im curious about something. How do coaches and trainers actually make money. Im mean in real life. Money to pay bills etc. Do people actually pay you money to tell them how to live and is that money enough to survive on? I just find the whole profession puzzling and it seems that almost everyone on this site is either a coach or a recruiter. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  10. 10. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”K. LaVine wrote:In order to answer this question an even more basic one must be asked first(I believe); What is a Leader?By my definition a true leader is one who encourages and ALLOWS thosethey lead to be the best they can be and in doing so facilitates advancementin a positive direction. By this definition leaders may be found in all areas ofour lives (not just in the board rooms of high powered companies, in themilitary, or in the political arena). We are all capable of leading (Born) tothe degree that we are willing to learn (Made) to bring people together andallow each individuals strengths to contribute to a common goal. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  11. 11. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J.S. Webster wrote: B. Sanders wrote:I think that anyone can There are those who are bornlearn leadership skills, but and those who are taken outthe ability to inspire is what by there own troops.separates a person withleadership training and aperson who is a leader. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  12. 12. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Bernier wrote:That question is right up there with the nature or nurture debate over personality. As some the answersthat have posted indicate there has been a great deal of research on the subject, books have beenwritten, and many people make a lot of money selling leadership training.Personally (and Ive been around quite a while) I believe leadership is like athletic ability. Nearlyanyone can learn the skills necessary to play a sport reasonably well. Depending on how much effortand time they are willing to devote to learning the tools of the trade will directly affect their level ofexpertise. However, regardless of effort there will always be very few Michael Jordans or Tiger Woods.The mechanics of leadership can be effectively learned. The vision and passion that makes really greatleaders comes from somewhere else. (I dont believe the somewhere else is totally genetic - it has to dowith personality and that is a complex combination of factors.) www.Linked2Leadership.com
  13. 13. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Bowker wrote:Many tend to agree that true leadership qualities are threaded into our DNA and it justtakes proper training/events for those qualities to come out. After spending 11 years in theNavy, I have seen many good and many bad leaders. I, myself never thought I could be aleader early in my career until I was “thrown” into a leadership role. Looking back on it, Ifeel that I always had those qualities in me, but never knew they were there until I had nochoice but to either lead or give up. Now, I can also say that I have seen other individualsfaced with the same challenge fail. I, for one, do believe that there are leaders and thenthere are followers. For any society, military, or organization to thrive, it must have both.All the training, education, books, and classes cannot turn a follower into a leader. You maymake the follower more educated in leadership methodologies, but that person will never beable to put use it to the full potential. Henry Kissinger said, “If you do not know where youare going, every road will get you nowhere." A leader knows where they are going and it ishard wired into their thinking. A follower only knows how to get somewhere by reading amap or following someone else. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  14. 14. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S.M. Diamond wrote: I. Babelli wrote: Leaders are made, by someone who gives them a chance.Perhaps you shouldspecify if you want a Almost every leader has had a person who entrusted him/herserious answer, or a with an opportunity that was bigger than his/her ability/skillhumorous one - both can set/knowledge/etc at the time of the opportunity, so s/he took it upon him/her-self to learn and advance and become aapply - equally . . . :-) leader. I cannot, for the life of me, come up with an example to counter the above argument except in the jungle (or similar sittings) where the dominant male fights his way up to leadership. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  15. 15. R. Evans wrote:Both. I absolutely believe that leadership can be taught/learned. This case has been made in many ways, including variousresearch over the years. This has been addressed by people who have answered your question in one of the three postings.I also absolutely believe that some people are "born leaders." My father, a career military man, used to say this: "If youthink theres no such thing as a born leader, leave a group of kids on a playground and come back in 20 minutes. Withoutfail, when you come back, there will be one kid leading that group. In many cases, it wont be the most popular kid and itoften wont be the kid you expected. Furthermore, it frequently isnt the kid that wanted to lead the group. It will be the kidthat has that something that enables him/her to say, lets do (whatever) and the others will follow. Interestingly, thatsame kid will quite likely become a leader throughout his/her life."I am certain that some people, particularly those who cite traditional research will disagree with this scenario. The mostlikely argument is that "leading" kids on a playground is not really leadership. I submit that one key aspect of leadership isevoking in others the desire to follow. After all, without followers, leaders are just people out for a walk.I believe one reason that many people argue against born leaders is that it would seem to doom others to being permanentfollowers. Many people insist that it must be one or the other, born leaders vs. developed leaders, and since there areclearly many developed leaders, then there can be no such thing as born leaders. In my opinion, accepting both pathways toleadership is more logical, and less narrow minded. It is also easily observable.Leadership is often attributable to charisma, something that cannot be taught. Yes, there are leaders who are notcharismatic. But there are leaders -- very successful leaders -- who derive much of their leadership success from charismaalone. I believe the most dynamic and effective leaders are those who posses the natural instincts for leadership and thenwork to develop leadership skills through refinement and training.
  16. 16. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Iyer wrote:I presume you are asking in the context of a business organisation.Some take to leadership naturally, by learning and observing.Others can learn / or be taught this skill, if they wish to!In either case, the will to lead must come from within. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  17. 17. R. Betts wrote:The short answer is yes. There are certain traits that have to be organic to you nature. Inother words, some things you just cant fake. "Soft skills" can be explained, but notengrained. The "Hard skills" can be learned until conscious competence is achieved. Untilthe become second nature, if you will. But the ability to share your vision for your companyin a way that is not only understood completely, but generates the sort of rabid support youfind a English football matches isnt learnable. It takes more than a polished PowerPointdeck and some pithy words on a bunch of 3x5 cards. You must be able show your passionwithout looking like you are a straight jacket a way from the funny farm. You have to beable to generate a rare sort of commitment and loyalty. Your employees have to be ready totake it to the wall for you, because they know that youll do the same for them. You have tohurt when they hurt and laugh when they laugh. You have to be ready to admit you arewrong and not rub it in when you are right. You have to know how to build and growmeaningful relationships. Even if you dont have a title or corner office, a leader, a trulygreat leader, will shine with the blinding intensity of a supernova.Its not nature vs. nurture, but nature and nurture.Combine them and its magic. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  18. 18. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”O. Lawrence wrote:The truly gifted leaders are born with certain supporting traits likepatience, perseverance, creative thoughtfulness and ability tochange. They have the required traits more than the ordinary oraverage. They become honed through adversity which everyoneencounters and rather than simply surviving, they are thriving.Most leaders are born without those qualities and are simply trainedto behave as leaders and receive respect from the leadershipappointed status. One can easily spot them since they are thegatekeepers surrounded by mediocrity who prevent the talent to rise. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  19. 19. T. Modeste wrote:The problem with great leaders is that they are too few and far between. So waitingaround or searching for a great leader can soon run afoul of the law of diminishingreturns. Because, in the meantime, we’ve got an organization to run and simplycannot afford to wait around until the next great leader deigns to walk through thedoor. Besides, we probably couldn’t afford him/her and he/she would probably havebetter things in mind than fooling around with our organization.Luckily for us, in our everyday work, we can get along very well without greatleadership. And wed be highly inefficient if we waited around for a great leader everytime we needed to fill a leadership slot.Therefore, what we do is that we take the people we have and work with them tomake them into the kind of leaders we need to get the job done. Experience showsthat as a rule, such leaders do a good enough job at the level needed. In fact, some ofthem even turn out to be superb leaders. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  20. 20. A. Bose wrote:Leaders are born.Not everyone can be a Leader. I would rather say Leaders are synonymous to"Great Communicators who have an aggressive attitude to win". Whether youmotivate people, lead a team, or possess great negotiation skills, you shouldbe a good communicator first.A leader should command and vision for their team, or organisation, andmost importantly, the people in his team. They give a strategic direction to thepeople of his team and set goals with an objective to achieve with optimumutilization of resources. The best part about the leaders are they are able tomotivate their team and they take the team along with them. They just dontlead a team but also teach them how to lead and make them responsible. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  21. 21. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”K. Rao wrote:I think i depends on your perspective - Leadership as ascience or as an art..Leadership is like, say... Painting. You can go to a paintingschool and learn the techniques; though one in a million is daVinci or Michelangelo. One in a million is a Jack Welch or aLee Iacocca!In my opinion, leadership is an inherent birth trait that, atmost, can be influenced by training in situations faced, butnot created by them. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  22. 22. L.J. Anderson wrote:This is a complex subject and there is no simple answer. Different cultural styles demand differentleadership styles and what goes down well in one culture fails in another.One of the problems with attempting to teach leadership is that it can only be really learnt by doing it, partlybecause there are no universally applicable rules, so you have to get out there and get your hands dirty todevelop the instincts you need to do the job properly. This also means that there is no way to developleaders fast, which is why HR people prefer to recruit experienced leaders rather than train their own.In essence the leadership debate is a spin off from the nature vs. nurture debate. As far as i can see, to trainleaders effectively, you have to put them in real leadership situations for your organisations, let them get onwith it while watching them like a hawk and making sure that they are pointing in the right direction.This takes up the time of the apprentice leader and the person coaching him/her. Most business dont havethe time and they dont want to take the risk of having him run the show unsupervised, so they stick withexperienced hires.Hope this adds something to the debate. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  23. 23. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”N. Vassudhev wrote: C. Braverman wrote:That leaders are born is Maya Leaders have found their place.believed to be true by Whether it is a physical placePoliticians. or an idea, they bring their passion and motivation to thatIts the circumstances that affect place.the individual, upbringing,education and the developed Many have just not found theirattitude that makes a Leader. passion yet. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  24. 24. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Knill wrote:Both! Recollect if you will your elementary school years.Most of us will recall groups of both extroverts and introverts. What does it look like ifleadership training was applied to both extrovert and introvert groups at the early ageof 7? Imagine that same group of youngsters learning…contextual listening, neutrallanguage, effective and timely messaging, acknowledging, asking vs. telling, discoveryquestioning, balanced emotional & social intelligence, effective delegation, motivationtechniques, accountability metrics, etc.More than likely the extrovert group would excel faster and if sustained may becomebetter leaders than the introvert group. However, 20 to 30 years later individuals fromboth groups, if leadership training was sustained, may rise to become excellent leaders.So, are leaders born, or made? Regardless of group, the best leaders are those that allowthemselves to change-transform, empower, measure, coach and grow. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  25. 25. R.T. Greene wrote:Leadership is neither learned not born into us. It is entirely contingent. That is,the person or group that does what another group needs now in order tothrive/survive, becomes "leader" regardless of who has positional power. That iswhat makes monkey hierarchies in business so funny--all those pompous littlemale egos looking managerial daily while an entirely different set of peopleflicker in and out as actual leaders daily--two parallel universes, and thepompous little monkey one often gets uppity and snuffs out the flickeringcontingent leadership when it gets in the way of their tiny strutting little egos.Fools who "try to be leader-ly" all the time just blind themselves from spottingwhat leading is actually now needed somewhere by their strenuous efforts toapply to future situations a handbag of tools they got away with using in somepast cases. A sort of Harvard Business School childs play at leading, not the realthing. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  26. 26. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” D. Burns wrote: Born and Made...but most importantly, leaders need to give birth to themselves at some point in their journey. Parents give you life, but you have to make a decision to give meaning and life to your life. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  27. 27. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Hurst wrote:I wish we could once and for all put this question to bed and move on to the real work ofdeveloping leaders. If leaders are simply born that way then what is the point of leadershipdevelopment. The answer perhaps creates controversy because the answer is simply both.Clearly there are those who have certain abilities that allow them to more easily assumeleadership roles while others of us work to develop the necessary skills. The reality is thateach person is unique in their skills and abilities as is each leader.One may be charismatic while another is empathetic, one may have clear vision anotherremarkable communication skill. We all have a different mix of skills and abilities that allowus the opportunity to lead. The question is do we discover within ourselves the passion towant to lead others to achieve a worthy goal and then learn how to do it. When you get tohow do I learn to lead better, I think you find the "right" question. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  28. 28. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Liu wrote:I think most of them are born with it. I am sorry if I had offended some people.I have seen people who have really good professional skills and great insights, however,they just lack of some charisma. Some other people are not that great in the insights, noteven professional skills. I found it weird why people would even follow them with thosedisastrous thoughts. I certainly wish that latter type is not leading the company,otherwise it would be a definite mistake.Having said that, I believe some part of the leadership can be trained and polished in thelater days through PROPER (please note, it should be proper, not what you think it isproper that counts) process and methods. But I havent seen any of the so called "trainingprogram" having anything interesting and out of the box that could help train a leader.Please feel free to enlighten me if I had been blind sighted. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  29. 29. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”K. Kelley wrote:Im studying leadership right now for my masters thesis as it relates to the Myers-Briggs. What is so fascinating is that there are many, many theories on leadershipstyles and nothing has been quantified. However, our personal styles, such as withthe Myers-Briggs, have been studied and quantified for many years now.I think that there are so many different forms of leadership. One could take theform of learned behavior, such as with servant leadership, and another could beinherited, as with transactional leadership. There is no denying, however, that anindividual cannot possibly be a leader without followers. Perhaps we should seek toquantify leadership rather than qualify. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  30. 30. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Lockhart wrote:I believe that Leaders are born of the situations that they are thrustin. Those that step up and do the things that are necessary to be donebecause it is the right thing to do. They do this, not because they haveto, but because no one else can or will. I am not talking about in aneveryday situation, I am talking about when adversity comes andpeople who should be leading you are off hiding some where under adesk.Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some havegreatness thrust upon them. -Shakespeare” www.Linked2Leadership.com
  31. 31. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”T. Cunniff wrote:In my experience, the answer is both and -- more often than should be for anyones good --neither.Some "leaders" in business are more like Chauncey Gardener than George Washington.They arrive at their position through corporate happenstance rather than throughexceptional merit.Some Chaunceys recognize their luck and work hard to fill their gaps with leadershiptraining and surrounding themselves with first-rate talent. The lesser Chaunceys riskmaking themselves (and their employers and investors) miserable.I believe no matter how good a leader you are, you can always become better. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  32. 32. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Mitra wrote:Twins growing in the same environment among same friends havedifferent personalities.Are Leaders born that way?Well, I believe that there are traits that some people possess, by birth,which may help them become very good leaders, but their actions andimplementation of them ultimately decides if they grow up to become goodleaders.Having leadership trait and being a leader are two different things, I think. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  33. 33. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Bhatnagar wrote:Well, NONE of “Born Vs Made”. It works in combinations of followingcomplex stages.1. Grooming (of Inherited OR Acquired Syndrome) =>Produces=> Charisma2. Charisma (applied to identically attributed People) =>Produces=> ValueCreator (Disposable)3. Value Creator (If brings diversified attributed people TOGETHER)=>Produces=> A Mass Leader www.Linked2Leadership.com
  34. 34. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Mittal wrote:I would say a men is made of circumstances. It all dependswhat kind of circumstances a men has lived in his life. Ithink leadership is a skill and like many other skills in somepeople it is by birth and they refine it further but some arenot born with this skill but they are brought up in suchenvironment where they learn these skills and refine it withthe time & practice.Hope it helps. Please let me know. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  35. 35. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Miller wrote: S. Balakrishnan wrote:I think in most cases the spark for From my personal view, it is 80:20leadership resides in many of us. (The Pareto principle.)In most cases the circumstances do 80% is made and 20% is born.not inspire people to act on it.Under trying circumstances theopportunity arises for people to riseto the challenge. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  36. 36. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Parsons wrote:While some leaders definitely have a genetic advantage on leadership, and may find iteasier and more intuitive, I think all of us can learn to improve our leadership and nogood leader is strictly intuitive - all were mentored by good leaders. I dont think it isunlike athleticism. Some people are going to naturally excel at sports, but others mightstruggle to get to the same point. However, as much of it is about heart and passion asnatural talent. The ones who are born with the most natural ability, if not carefullycrafted, may fail in the end. While some people may lack enough natural abilities thatlend themselves to leadership (and thus cant ever hope to learn enough to prevail), Ithink that group is small. Often, it is our own egos of not wanting to learn (andassuming that we know best) that keeps even naturally gifted leaders from being able toprevail.At the end of the day, I think leadership is not about the leader at all. It is about theteam!! www.Linked2Leadership.com
  37. 37. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R. Bhan wrote:Nice question - great answers.Reminds me of something my father wrote to me when I was entering high school."Be Deaf to people who say you cant do it. A school teacher scolded a boy for notpaying attention to his mathematics and for not being able to solve simpleproblems. She told him that you would not become anybody in life. The boy wasAlbert Einstein"Does that answer? www.Linked2Leadership.com
  38. 38. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”F. Hayashi, PMP wrote: R. Torres wrote:Each leader isborn with his own They are neither born or made, butsignature but....... rather "fabricated."He MUST also learn how to be aefficient leader. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  39. 39. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”G. Sadler wrote:Great question and lots of great answers! Here’s my take:First, Id say that great leaders are FORGED not made because all great leaders have beentested or challenged to overcome adversity.Next, I’d say that Leaders (not managers or administers) emerge from LUCK which iscreated when opportunity meets preparation. Leaders must study and refine their skillsand must also be given the opportunity to demonstrate those skills.Finally, I’d say that Leadership can be LEARNED. The military and other greatorganizations demonstrate this everyday. However, great leaders (like great athletes) get ahuge advantage from natural ability (e.g. looks/charisma to name one.) www.Linked2Leadership.com
  40. 40. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” L.T. de Carvalho wrote: I think that leaders that think theyre leaders because of some skill, an experience, a connection, or whatever, will show weaknesses in the future. Weakness that will surely put at risk one or more objectives of the team. True leaders arent born; but rather theyre forged on the heat of a situation where initiative, inspired views, and experience converge and set the new born leader in motion. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  41. 41. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Otterson wrote:Both.Some of the qualities of a leader are learned, others are part of onespersonality.For example, a good leader cant be an introvert. Most likely those people whochoose to a be leader already possess some of the character traits that they willneed: courage, strength, flexibility, ambition, etc.Did they learn these, or were they "born" with them? Who is to say? www.Linked2Leadership.com
  42. 42. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Ingle wrote:It can be said leaders are born and will always be successful but there isalso an aspect of being in the right place in the right time.Leading some businesses is also a matter of being in the business withinwhich one excels not just leading. If you get a gifted individual he or shemay never lead given the circumstances.So I firmly believe it is not as simple as being a "born leader" but also amatter of whether or not you are in the position within which yournatural talents as a leader can come to fruition www.Linked2Leadership.com
  43. 43. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”T. Willette wrote:As an individual develops, their abilities develop. Attitudes, personality, beliefs, behaviors,motivations all come into play when defining who an individual is. When an individualtakes everything that they are and invests that into what they have a burning desire toachieve, they become leaders. Now, everyone is living for something right? So why is itthat we arent all leaders? Confidence.Confidence in personal abilities is what sets one person apart from another. So now we getinto the issue of confidence and how to build it. To build confidence in personal ability, anindividual must have two things, knowledge and experience. So can a leader be made?Yes, so long as they have knowledge, experience, and motivation. Can a leader be born?No, because all of the qualities needed to be a leader must be developed. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  44. 44. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J.H. Brondum wrote:We are all born. So guess the answer is yes. However, leadership is mainly based onpersonality - and of course the knowledge, skills and attitude can be improved. But as withso many other things in life you will only excel at what you are good at. You can struggleyour whole life to improve areas where you lack - but most likely you will best case arriveat good.Excellent leaders are already potential leaders when they are born. The rest are trying tocatch up - and mostly for the wrong reason and with mediocre results.That being said – I believe that most people can learn to manage well, since goodmanagement is based on rules - rules that can be learned and mastered - leadership hasno common rules. It is a gift. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  45. 45. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”D. Grossu wrote: C. Braverman wrote:Leaders are born but they Leader....Desire......also learn how to becomesuccessful; each leader hasits own challenges but they M. Krasnyansky wrote:know how to bring successregardless of how different Lets go to the basic: Encyclopedia Britannica "Leadership: Exercising of influence over otherspeople are, and that is an on behalf of the leaders purposes, aims or goals.“art that not everybody has it I think 80/20 rule works here as well: 80% bornin its genetic print. with individual, and 20% by training. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  46. 46. M. Herbert wrote:Leadership is earned, it is a gift from those who are willing to trust you and follow yourdirection. I am a believer in the Marcus Buckingham school of leadership in that themost important task of a leader is to create clarity of purpose.I have seen any people with attributes that we mistakenly label as leadership- they werecharismatic, or visionary, or very smart. Perhaps it is overly simplistic, but to me themost important element of leadership is trust. Do I believe you have my interests andthe interests of the organization in mind when you make decisions?The time to measure an effective leader is at the end of the journey. We can all beeffective at leading a project or a task- true leadership endures the test of time.If you want to be a true leader then you have to be willing to put the interests of theorganization above your own interests and demonstrate that consistently. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  47. 47. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Parkyn wrote:The answer is yes...Yes, they are born; but if their talents are not developed, their chances of leading aremuch lower.Yes, they are "made." Marines are trained from day one to walk the walk of leaders.Thanks to Marine Corps Recruiting Command, a substantial number of Marine recruitsand officer candidate enter our ranks having already made the commitment to lead.Others, however, make the decision when they experience their defining moment, whenthey confront their weaknesses and fears with core values that become their own. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  48. 48. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Campbell wrote:Leaders are bred like thoroughbred racing horses. But, even the most genetically endowedthoroughbred is no more guaranteed to win than a common plow horse; it must work tobecome a recognized champion; because by all practical accounts they are physically thesame. Likewise we are very similar to each other, we each possess potential, but it is ourtraining, experience and socialization that evoke leadership.Time and again the “dark horse” has come from behind, conquered all odds and shatteredstereotypes, this is because effective leadership results are the sum of personal talents, andexperiences based upon the development and application of innate traits. One cannoteffectively lead others if their personal abilities are so limited that they easily becomeoverwhelmed with personal challenges. They must first have the capability to managethemselves followed with the capacity to then turn outward and influence others. Thisrequisite for leadership is not a physical breeding like animals rather it is based uponconjoining experience with natural abilities which then produces a leader. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  49. 49. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” A. Tupan wrote: A good discussion with some very interesting points being made. For the statistics of this question my take is that leaders are born and then made. Leadership thus is 40% innate and the rest is a matter of developing the talent. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  50. 50. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Subramanian wrote:"DNA to lead"? - I dont think so.I think what makes good leaders is that fire in the belly to reach there,“never die” attitude and the continuous process of being in good companyand the positive environment (it is a choice, again!)All of this, coupled with good education (not to be confused with schooling,)teachers & mentors can make a person a leader stuff - To be a leader or not,it is a choice of that individual again!In simple words, the mold in which the individual chose to be molded in! www.Linked2Leadership.com
  51. 51. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Shyam wrote:Not everyone can be a leader just like not everyone can become an actor. People have different skills,talents and nature. Some people inherit that from parents and some people learn as they grow.A person who is shy, afraid to speak in public cannot be trained to be a leader. A person who isconcerned about the society, well being of others and want to have authority over others can be trained.Such person will need formal training to be a leader of an organization but that training will only help ifthe person has a desire to have authority or command others to get the work done.A person can be a very good actor. But he/she still would needs to learn how to appear in front of acamera, do make up and become familiar with the stage before going for a movie shooting. The sameapplies to a leader. Mahatma Gandhi is a good example of a person who had no formal training butbecame a leader. He did not inherit leadership skills from his parents or ancestors but became a leadersince he had a great passion to serve his motherland.However, to be a leader in a structured environment, one needs some formal training besides havingpassion for leadership. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  52. 52. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”M. Krasnyansky wrote:Lets go to the basic Encyclopedia Britannica: "Leadership-exercising ofinfluence over others on behalf of the leaders purposes, aims or goals".I think 80/20 rule works here as well, 80% born with individual, and 20%by training.M. Pohto wrote:Yes. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  53. 53. J.A. Cole wrote:My take is the latter - a combination of the two. While I may believe that some people are born withLeader DNA, if they dont have the opportunity to exercise those skills properly, theyre not leaders. Bythe same token, should someone have all the best training, nurturing and opportunities, but would ratherbe on the ground directing traffic....not a leader. An unwilling participant, however hidden orunconscious. An actor, a tourist whos never on vacation. The combination hands down of born andmade spawn the best, greatest and most productive leaders.Its really interesting to read what others have answered. Especially looking at the responses wherepeople have cited textbooks or assigned their own homegrown labels for leadership qualities. I realizethat people have a lot of baggage about this topic, and in some cases its apparent what their rub is withregard to their personal experience, and what their expectations of a leader is. Everyone wants a personwho is just like them, but at the same time, their expectations of a leader clash with the human factor oftrial and error or by-products of a learning curve, as well as dealing with interpersonal team issues. Oftena leader is like a nanny in a big corporate/institutional playpen that has to enforce the rule of everyoneplay nice, now, then on the drive home wonders I got an MBA for this? Maybe thats where the DNAplays a factor - good genes, good balance, healthy system, healthy outlook - makes it easier to maintaingrace under pressure.Thats my take. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  54. 54. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Letton wrote: Y. Hanoulle wrote:Leaders are the "Ones" that are I think it can be learned. Someprepared to make mistakes, and people learned this in theirultimately learn from them. childhood, or at the first companies they work for.The best executive is the one who has I have created a leadership gamesense enough to pick good men to do together with my father. In thiswhat he wants done, and self- game people learn to look atrestraint to keep from meddling with different leadership styles.them while they do it. I see this as the beginning of howTheodore Roosevelt people learn to look at leaders. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  55. 55. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Munoz wrote:I think all great leaders are to some degree a combination ofboth born and made.Leadership is so much more and "art" than a "science" thatthere has to be some innate desire to take charge in a givensituation already present in the person or they will not seekout or succeed at the training necessary to take this personaltrait and shape it into a true ability to lead successfully. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  56. 56. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”T. McDonald wrote: H. Cuevas wrote:I think that they are made not born - I This is a quintessentialthink with our backgrounds and the way question. My answer:that we are raised by our parents tends to leaders are born althoughlead to leadership in our lives. As a former they might get better andathlete, I also think that plays a huge role polished with time.in both our ability and our want to lead. I Also, leadership stylesknow that the days of participating in varies along time as yousports helped me a great deal both with my reach maturityability to want to lead and the ability to beable to lead. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  57. 57. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”R.E.G. Smith wrote:When I think of leadership, I look for qualities such as strength of character, honesty,honor, backbone, accountability and in the ability to inspire others. Can this belearned? Some things, yes -- from childhood as a matter of fact. I think people showleadership qualities early on - and then it is acquiring and fine-tuning the skillsneeded to support the leadership personality. IMHO, I dont think its a selectiveprocess ... that of possessing leadership qualities. I also do not think just becausesomeone is a considered an effective team leader at work, or has a seniormanagement position, is testimony to them being a good leader. It has to be in afabric of the person and carry over into their personal life as well - outside of theprotective, and sometimes insulated, confines of brick and mortar. Leaders emergeand while their skills may be sharpened, along with their wit, humor and otherattractive attributes - the qualities that make a true leader is what makes them up as awhole person and that evolves over the course of a lifetime. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  58. 58. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”B. Simpson wrote:I like Garys answer liking it to Athletics - you can be naturally great atLeadership - or not so great. But you can make yourself better.Winston Churchill was the greatest leader the UK has ever seen (in myhumble opinion). I dont for one minute believe that anyone who hadspent a lifetime studying leadership could carry off what he did.Having said that - everyone should try and improve their leadershipability. And I include in that anyone who is anyone - not just leaders. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  59. 59. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”J. Foster wrote:Both.Look back to human roots, leaders were the strongest. Survival of thefittest, hunters and gatherers, the strongest was most often the leader.Now did that mean that person was the best leader?What you learn, is life experiences. Based on those life experiences,training mentoring, you can hopefully make better more sound choices.The born traits are personality traits, and of the personality traits somecan be molded from birth, some stick with the person regardless. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  60. 60. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”A. Garoo wrote:"I wish I knew the formulae, to make the test tube baby influence the doctors!"Leaders are born first & made later! The environment and the people play animportant role in influencing humans. A leaders IQ is a result of his DNA as well asquality education, while EQ is a result of atmosphere / surrounding and people withwhom he/she interacts.Both DNA as well as environment play an important role in making a differencebetween Good to Great!A person with the right set of traits/characteristics can be groomed and guidedtowards excellence in leadership. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  61. 61. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?”S. Das wrote:Made, made....simple made. There are lots of theories and ideas pointingtowards the opposite, but leaders are made not only circumstances and theenvironment, but also by how they choose and shape their personalitiesaccording to the rigors and challenges of the business and professionalenvironment.If all leaders were born, then there would be a dearth of these individualseverywhere. Organizations now exert more influence on the globalenvironment than governments, and since they are run by individuals at alllevels, I think the answer is very clear... www.Linked2Leadership.com
  62. 62. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” J. Jeckmans wrote: Interesting question to start with. Is it so, that the question behind the question is maybe even more important Meaning, it only matters what you believe to be true. If you believe that true leaders are born, than no matter what, this will be true to you. If you believe the other belief, than this will be true to you. www.Linked2Leadership.com
  63. 63. “Are Leaders Born? Or Are They Made? Or Both?” T. Schulte Both. www.Linked2Leadership.com
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