Born or Made

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SEROYLAS, Eunilyn M.
MAEd - EM

I. Introduction

Last April 25, 2012, I hurriedly went out from school to be able to catch the 6:35pm schedule of The Avengers in Ayala Cinema. After all, I have been waiting for this movie to come out. Since I started watching Iron Man 1 and 2, I have always been looking forward to watch the sequel of heroes wanting to save the humankind. While sitting comfortably on my seat and focusing on every scene, I can’t help myself from being carried away by two heroes, who at some point, have differences in leading the others. In other words, I’m hitting two birds with one stone: watching the movie and relating it with my reaction paper on leaders being born or made. I’m talking about Captain America and Iron Man. What about them? Captain America was a hero in the past. He joined the military. Because of his diminutive size, he wasn’t given much attention in the army. In other words, he was a nobody until he was asked to be part of the experiment. From a small soldier to a buffy one, he has become a man of power and strength. He has become Captain America! On the other hand, Tony Sparks, commonly known as Iron Man, was a genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist. Because of his intelligence, he was able to make inventions that helped mankind and eventually made him Iron Man. Both have the same goal: to help and save mankind. Now, how is this related to the main topic of this paper? As I was observing the two heroes, my personal opinion would be: Captain America has innate abilities of being a leader while Iron Man has acquired the abilities, so to speak. So, are leaders born or made?

II. Synopsis

In the article written by Bottger (2010), he mentioned that the question “Are leaders born or made?” may not even be relevant. He claimed that it is a question that has obsessed many leadership scholars over the years and is often posed by executives in development programs. According to him, it’s “a bad question which begets bad...
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