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Are Leaders Born or Made?
Manoj G, India, Member
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Hello everybody, what is your opinion: is leadership a god-given gift which comes naturally with birth, or can it be gathered and learned after some age?
In other words, is leadership development a matter of Nature or Nurture?...Sign up

Leaders are NOT Born
Patrick Patrong
To say that Leaders are born, would also say that criminals are also born. Leadership like most attributes are learned behavior. True, some have these...Sign up

Leaders CAN be made...
Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India, Premium Member
Leaders can certainly be made and one should possess the following things to become a leader:
- Charisma,
- Consideration
- Int...Sign up

Leaders: born or made? The Confidence to Stand Up
Jay Watson
A leader is born out of the circumstances surrounding the problem. You can train and groom anyone for anything. If they're unwilling to stand up and...Sign up

Leadership is mostly born, but can be refined
Sandeep Pathak
I strongly believe that leadership is sure a born gift. One may attempt to develop it, but a natural leader is the only effective leader. I wou...Sign up

Anyone can Lead if they have the PASSION
Daryl Cowie
Absolutely anyone can learn to lead... if they really want to. I think 2 things can make a leader out of anyone, and you can easily find examples of u...Sign up

Leadership: some are more talented than others...
Paul Robbins
Like physical skills cognitive skills can be developed to make individuals successful in life including leadership. However some individuals are born...Sign up

Leaders are made and born
Sherry Lambrecht
Good leaders normally have to have a leadership quality or instinct. The rest is old fashion hard knocks, learning from your mistakes, and what is do...Sign up

Leadership is not a Born Gift
Fakhra Naeem, Professor, India, Member
Leadership is not a born gift it is more based on the traits, experience, learning and the perception. Leadership is an art or a skill to get the thin...Sign up

M.Ganapathy, Manager, Sri Lanka, Member
Leaders are by birth (political), but good leaders are by good practice (to lead others towards good). Don't get confused....Sign up

True leaders have the best of both worlds
Gerard Gielkens
True leadership is a golden combination of natural skills by birth and a life-long training of these competencies.
Everyone has his own c...Sign up

Define Leadership
Lem Usita
I guess it all depends on how you define leadership. I think it is possible for either. I would say that someone who is born a leader and is able to...Sign up

Leaders Can Be Created in Suitable Situations
Hafeez Anwar Qureshi, Business Consultant, Pakistan, Member
I was a simple person in the society, and didn't know about leaders & leadership. My teachers gave me an opportunity and now I am leader and love to l...Sign up

From Transformational Leadership to Transcendent Leadership
Pam Boney
My current belief is that there are qualities of leadership that can be innate, such as natural charisma and a strong internal locus of control. Unbr...Sign up

Leadership is Developed and Tested through Time
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
I think leadership qualities are tested through time. It takes experimentation with ideas and the willingness to follow through and follow up, then ke...Sign up

Leaders, Born (20) and Made (80)
Bomison Hamidu
I believe there is no definite or pinpoint answer. It is true that Leadership is a learning process and that it is learnt and developed. It is also tr...Sign up

Leaders are Shaped by Persistence
Leaders are NOT BORN, its the persistence and perseverance over time that modulates and shapes them....Sign up

Born Leaders are Different from Made Leaders
Ahmed Ali, Director, Saudi Arabia, Member
Born Leaders are different than Made Leaders in the sense that they leave remarkable history behind them.
Read about all great world leaders, go...Sign up

Leadership based on Dominance
Wiegmans, Business Consultant, Netherlands, Member
My answer on this question is both biological as psychological. One of the most prominent characteristics of leaders is their dominance.
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Leadership, Born or Created
Leyla Is, Management Consultant, Sweden, Member
Im a student and weve been overwhelmed with leadership theories, how to be the best leader and make change... But I think people should focus on how...Sign up

Can Leadership Be Generated or is it a Born Gift
Frederick Price, Philippines, Member
The textbooks say leadership comes from heredity and environment. I do not agree. It is an inborn trait. If a leader is not so born, then the environm...Sign up

The Question - are Leaders Born or Made?
Daniel Mitchell
I think there are personality and even physical traits (eg. Height) that seem to bestow leader-like qualities on some. Some people have all the "stuff...Sign up

Top Leadership is Inborn
achintya sarkar
If we talk about leadership quality, some part of it can be inculcated some are inborn. But one cannot become a Sign up

Frederick Price, Philippines, Member
I completely agree with you. You either have it, or you don't. And if you don't have it, no amount of study or work will give it to you....Sign up

Leadership Quality Partly Inborn: Situations make you a Leader
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
Some people like to lead, others like to follow. Sometimes leaders emerge from followers based on the mere fact of not being able to survive the outco...Sign up

Frederick Price, Philippines, Member
I would say that some are born to lead, but most to follow. If a leader arises up out of the rabble, then that person was already a leader to b...Sign up

Fear of Showing Leadership
Leyla Is, Management Consultant, Sweden, Member
Finally we all agree about the biological skills which are very important for a real and good leader, but there is a good point that even if you have ...Sign up

Effect Culture on Leadership
Frederick Price, Philippines, Member
I think your people do have the skills. But the culture gets in the way. Leadership is normally distributed, so some in your country should hav...Sign up

Leadership is Learned
Casimir Vital, Manager, United States, Member
Leadership is learned. Anyone can do it but the issue is whether the person will act upon the training and knowledge when the time comes. There...Sign up

Can Leadership Be Born or Generated After Some Age?
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
Leaders are everywhere within all of us.
If the fear of leading overrides the willingness to take on the responsibilities then we are followers....Sign up

Why do Some Want to Lead???
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
I think there has to be an underlying sense of impatience demonstrated by leaders. Impatience at seeing nothing substantive happening.
As a chil...Sign up

Managers versus Leaders
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
Effective managers will spot the leaders in their midst. That lightens their load. If they engage the leaders, communicate the vision and mission rega...Sign up

Leadership is a Skill
Germaine Roanne Baquilod, Manager, Philippines, Member
Leadership is a skill. You may be thrown into a situation which empowers you to lead. But your ability to influence and carry out plans into successfu...Sign up

Leadership Situations
M Y Zainudeen, Management Consultant, Sri Lanka, Member
There are a large number of characteristics (as someone has mentioned earlier) which bases one's leadership talents and qualities, however all these c...Sign up

Leadership by Birth?
TAPIWA JUMOH, Student (University), Zimbabwe, Member
Leaders are not born even if we all exist because of the process: 'birth.'
Leadership requires to engage with, motivate, persuade people to buy i...Sign up

Leadership Can Be Taught and Learned
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Premium Member
However, it is absolute doctrine of the US Army that leadership can be taught and learned. ROTC drill is called "Leadership Laboratory". Sign up

Leaders and Learning
David Wilson, Manager, Canada, Premium Member
@Tom Wilson, I agree that leaders can be taught and can learn. When I went to through the ROTP (in Canada) program,...Sign up

Can Untalented Leaders Still be Taught Leadership?
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
I wonder if leaders can be taught ab initio. In every leadership programme there is an element of selection, in which those without the prerequisite a...Sign up

Leaders and Learning
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Premium Member
@David Wilson: Thank you for your response. My Ranger class started with 300 odd candidates, 120 finished and 85 g...Sign up

On the Ideology of Leadership
Tom Wilson, HR Consultant, United States, Premium Member
@Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry : This list is what I consider the ideology of Leadership, which is to say, that these qu...Sign up

Few are Born, Others are Made
abdulghaniyu salako, Student (MBA), Nigeria, Member
Few individuals are born leaders, but they perform exceptionally well. For example, Jesus and Mohammed.
Most others are made, depending on circum...Sign up

Leaders: Born or Made?
haguma brian, Student (University), Uganda, Member
I strongly suggest that leaders are made. Because if they were born, what would be the point of the rest of us studying leadership or management?
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Leaders can be Made
VENKATESH, Manager, India, Member
People are born with some traits of Emotion and Intelligence. Leadership requires these traits in different proportions.
Along with these 2, one ...Sign up

Natural versus Genetically Modified
Satya Nistala, India, Member
Made leaders are like genetically modified products. All color but no taste. Natural leaders are like organic fruits.
They are not only hygienic,...Sign up

Think Beyond 'Are Leaders Born or Made'
Vipul Nahar, India, Member
Despite of our failure in deriving consensus on this topic every time we discuss, it is still the most wanted leg piece of every discussion related to...Sign up

Beyond 'Born or Made'
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Vipul Nahar: As Mark Boucher and other South African cricketers have repeatedly stated - "Proficiency is 10% tale...Sign up

Replying to These Questions is Better Than 'Candy Crush'
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
@Vipul Nahar: It may not matter anymore than what came first? The chicken or the egg? We all continue to wonder!...Sign up

Beyond Born or Made Leaders
Vipul Nahar, India, Member
@Andrew Blaine: Agreed and this is what I meant I guess. We need a mix of both innate skills and practicing....Sign up

Great Leaders are like Diamonds
Feraidoon Bakhtiari, CxO / Board, Iran, Member
Leaders have diamond quality. They flourish in circumstances of heat and pressure. Heat zeal and passion of making changes in behaviour and mindset al...Sign up

Leaders Formal and Informal Training
Thabo Johnson, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
Learned friends, my view is based on traditional leadership where the baton is passed on from one to another.
Leadership qualities are a pre-nata...Sign up

Hereditary Leadership
Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
@Thabo Johnson: There are simply too many examples that say your opinion does not mesh with reality. Heredity may ...Sign up

Hereditary Leadership
Thabo Johnson, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
Reality in a South African context cannot overlook that the regional stock of great leaders can be traced back to the times of Sign up

Leaders-Born or Made or Hereditory Etc
Gopalakrishna Bhat, Project Manager, India, Member
I think, this discussion can go on forever without converging to any logical conclusion.
Instead of spending time talking theories, can we start ...Sign up

The Context of the Leadership Matters
Feraidoon Bakhtiari, CxO / Board, Iran, Member
I do not know where this kind of discussion take us? Some believe leaders are born and some show evidences that leaders are made. And as a conclusion ...Sign up

How to Assess Suitability of a 'Born' Leader?
Thomas Solomon, Student (University), Nigeria, Member
@Sandeep Pathak: I agree with you, but what are the things or features one gets to look out for that will tell when ...Sign up

Leaders are Born, Not Made
Satya Nistala, India, Member
@Haguma brian: The only use of networking and learning about leadership and management is to get a job or to acquir...Sign up

You Lead Like You are Lead
Deric Crosby, Manager, United States, Member
In my opinion, with most behavioral characteristics or skills it is learned. Most leaders are born out of their experiences and observations they have...Sign up

Are Leaders Born or Made?
Kurai Chitima, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
I was told the story of a man who visited a far country where people were still living quite primitive. He saw an old man and asked him the question: ...Sign up

Leaders are Born; not Made
Riek Yak Guandong, Student (University), South Sudan, Member
Born leaders are effective, charismatic and formulators.
Leaders by learning are often only implementers....Sign up

Leaders Born not Made
Michael D. Moore, Entrepreneur, United States, Member
I have read the many valuable responses here and this is a subject dear to my heart.
Respectfully, this is not an easy either/or answer. After 40...Sign up

Cornucopia of Leadership
Gregory Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
There are a number of outstanding responses to the query of leaders either born or made in this thread.
If one were to define Leadership versus L...Sign up


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