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Managers: Born or Made?
Sameer Khanna
I think that managers are mostly born. The persons who have inborn, natural managerial qualities are much better in their role as manager than other managers who have acquired the managerial qualities...
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Managers are Made; Leaders are Born
Managerial skills are not inborn, but rather acquired through formal training.
Leadership skills are born.

How Managers are Made
A manager is not born, but gradually learns from formal training, experiences and idols/ examples that he puts into practice.
No manager can be born as no person can't have all the qualities by birth.
Note that only when he puts his theories and learnings into practice he becomes a manager.

Changes in Management Levels
Rodrigo Corte-Real Oliveira
Look at Dr. Clare Graves' Spiral Dynamics Theory: People tend to evolve from the moment they are born. Over time they reach the higher levels. Although during life (experiences/phases) they can be up and down within these levels.
The same can happen with managers: during life (experiences/companies/environments/cultures) they can develop up or down. Sometimes one can see good managers fail completely if they change company.

Manager: 10% Born, 90% Made
Rajesh Patil
I believe that with birth an individual can get 10% of management qualities, but he learns 90% from his environment and education, which help to use common sense with less common situations.

Managers are Mostly Made, A Few are Born
Aletta Shatona
I agree managers are mostly made. Not only through formal training and work experience.
The way a person was raised and environment during his childhood and adolescence also play a role.
I believe there is a small number that come with lots of inborn traits.

Different Types of Managers
KOVIT SKULSANGJUNTR, Management Consultant, Thailand, Member
A manager may not be a good leader. And different environments need different kind of managers to get it done. A manager in a mature, long established environment should have a different profile from a manager in an entrepreneurial organization.

Managers are Born and Made
Kunal Bhat, Entrepreneur, India, Member
Managers, to be good managers, need the right instincts. These instincts are usually in-born qualities. Hence, we can say that managers are born. A manager could be a people's person - social, friendly, compassionate, understanding etc. That could be a reason why teams listen to him and follow him.
However, this alone will not suffice. He will need additional attributes to complete his status as a manager - e.g. planning and organizing skills. These are cultivated. Some people just do not have the instinct to lead - they prefer a solitary role. They are good managers, but limited to managing themselves. To expand to a domain beyond the self, it is imperative that a person have the right instincts and blend it with the right training.

Managers are Born
Motimele, HR Consultant, South Africa, Member
Managers are born. Even though one can learn the qualities of being a manager, it wont be the same as the one who is born with those qualities.

Managers are Made; Leaders are Born
thatayaone Tauyakgale, Analyst, Botswana, Member
Managers are nurtured but the leaders are born as they inherit certain traits from their parents. They have certain chromosomes that make them stand apart from others.
Managers are typically copies of the style adopted by the organisation.
Leaders are an original themselves.

Managers are Both Born and Made
Abdisalam M Ibrahim, Accountant, United Kingdom, Member
Managers are basically leaders, and leadership is actually a bit of both. Leadership comes from the combination of nature and nurture.

Managers are Born But Theories and Experience Sharpen Them
Ashok A kella, Finance Manager, India, Member
I agree management traits are partly inborn. But they get sharpened with management theories in academia, with their exposure to organisations, as part of personal development.
There is no stop to this, both are reinforcing each other.

Management and Leadership is a Relationship
Jolanta Sz, Professor, Poland, Member
@KOVIT SKULSANGJUNTR : I agree, if we understand that a good manager is at the same time the leader of a group of people, then not he/she him/herself is responsible for the relations and results achieved by the group - but BOTH sides are.
Therefore I am convinced that management and leadership are de facto a relationship. They are always depending on both sides/parties.
One can be the best manager or leader in one group, but a poor one in another group.
Isn't this a true fact?

The Type of Manager Depends on Organization Culture
A.J. Heideman, Management Consultant, Netherlands, Member
The appropriate type of manager depends on the culture of the organization:
- In a situation where the manager is always right and his people follow orders, a "made" manager can be effective.
- In a situation where the manager's directives are / have to be discussed upon, commented and even questioned, a true manager has to have certain special qualities that you can hardly learn. Those people we call leaders and they grow by experience.

Managers are Born and then Developed over Time
donna louison
Managers are people who have acquired the art and skill of motivating people to get the job done. This skill is developed and perfected over a long period of time.
I believe that one must have a passion for the role. If if you look at a group of young children playing for a period of time, you may be surprised to see some showing managerial qualities already at that early stage. They are the game planners, the game organizers, the peacemakers. And from there and that moment it blossoms if nurtured.

Are Managers Born or Made?
SATEESHA SINDHE, Lecturer, India, Member
Basically managers are born with inherent qualities that cause one to become and act as such, but the degree of perfection is achieved by continuous practicing as a manager which is situational, following ethics on the way, being goal-oriented, and depending on the results we achive.

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