Are Leaders Born or Made? - Essay

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Do you believe that the greatest leaders are born, not made? Explain your answer.

Some people are natural born leaders, nature plays a role. Some people work all their life to become great leaders, nurture plays a role. They both have many things in common but the most important one is that they want to be in charge; become leaders and not followers. They all have a vision and need to have a strong belief in their leadership ability. In addition, leaders set goals that help them achieve their vision. I believe that in order to be a great leader you first have to be a great follower. Being a follower before will make it easier for a leader to empathize with their followers. Learning how to motivate people is a great leadership tool. They know they need other people to get the job accomplished. The leader is not always the most analytical person in the room, but he knows how to use other people’s strengths to get the job accomplished. A great leader has great people to people relations skills and knows how to work a room. People want to follow and work for a great leader. This means a leader has to have charisma, character, personality and be unbiased. People look up to this person and wants to be like them. What make these leaders effective is not a natural ability; it is their desire to lead people, combined with a set of learned skills that they apply as leaders. The only real ingredient in the leadership recipe that they possessed when they began leading was desire and integrity. They learned the rest of it as they go. The desire to lead was the motivational ingredient that drove them to lead; the skills they learned along the way are what allowed them to lead people. Are leaders born or made? Individual differences in personality traits have been found to be moderately to highly heritable, and so it follows that if there are reliable personality trait differences between leaders and non-leaders, then there may be a heritable component to...
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