What is a leader? According to Dr. Paul Hersey, leadership is "working with and through others to achieve objectives." Given this definition, anyone in a position whose achievement requires the support of others can play the role of a leader.
So in my understanding, a great leader is both born and made. Both parts are essential to a true leader. Some people are born with innate qualities that predispose them to being leaders, and other people while not naturally gifted with leadership ability can acquire it. Moreover, all leaders, born or made, can improve their ability with desire, experience and effort.
At birth, we are all born with genes inherited from our parents, for a select few the genetic predispositions for the leadership qualities are more favourable toward leadership qualities. For example, our current president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III also known as PNoy, is in my opinion, a naturally born leader. Being the son of former President Cory Aquino and Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr., he has the genes of these great leaders who fought bravely for the country. He is a president who decides thoroughly and makes decisions that are right and just.
After we are born for the first few years of our lives we are in constant interaction with others, some to which we attach real and sustained admiration and others where this admiration is punctual. From those interactions we refine our values and our natural behaviours are reinforced positively, which would increase the frequency of the behaviours or negatively which would diminish the frequency of the behaviours.
“Before you become a good leader, you first become a good follower”, that statement is proved by Napoleon Bonaparte the “Emperor of the French”. Napoleon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe. His legal reform, the Napoleonic Code, has been a...