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Manoj G
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Are Leaders Born or Made?

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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?
 

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Patrick Patrong, USA
 

Leaders are NOT Born

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 learning experiences earlier in life and as a result have more practice. Yet, other have been practicing leadership skills, without a formal definition of leadership.

 
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Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry
Director, India
 

Leaders CAN be made...

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Jay Watson, USA
 

Leaders: born or made? The Confidence to Stand Up

A leader is born out of the circumstances surrounding the problem. You can train and groom anyone f... Sign up

 
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Sandeep Pathak, UAE
 

Leadership is mostly born, but can be refined

I strongly believe that leadership is sure a born gift. One may attempt to develop it, but a natural... Sign up

 
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Daryl Cowie, Canada
 

Anyone can Lead if they have the PASSION

Absolutely anyone can learn to lead... if they really want to. I think 2 things can make a leader ou... Sign up

 
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Paul Robbins, England
 

Leadership: some are more talented than others...

Like physical skills cognitive skills can be developed to make individuals successful in life inclu... Sign up

 
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Sherry Lambrecht, USA
 

Leaders are made and born

Good leaders normally have to have a leadership quality or instinct. The rest is old fashion hard k... Sign up

 
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Fakhra Naeem
Professor, India
 

Leadership is not a Born Gift

Leadership is not a born gift it is more based on the traits, experience, learning and the perceptio... Sign up

 
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M.Ganapathy
Manager, Sri Lanka
 

Leaders

Leaders are by birth (political), but good leaders are by good practice (to lead others towards good... Sign up

 
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Gerard Gielkens, Netherlands
 

True leaders have the best of both worlds

True leadership is a golden combination of natural skills by birth and a life-long training of these... Sign up

 
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Lem Usita, United States
 

Define Leadership

I guess it all depends on how you define leadership. I think it is possible for either. I would sa... Sign up

 
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Hafeez Anwar Qureshi
Business Consultant, Pakistan
 

Leaders Can Be Created in Suitable Situations

I was a simple person in the society, and didn't know about leaders & leadership. My teachers gave m... Sign up

 
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Pam Boney, USA
 

From Transformational Leadership to Transcendent Leadership

My current belief is that there are qualities of leadership that can be innate, such as natural char... Sign up

 
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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Leadership is Developed and Tested through Time

I think leadership qualities are tested through time. It takes experimentation with ideas and the wi... Sign up

 
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Bomison Hamidu, Ghana
 

Leaders, Born (20) and Made (80)

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M.S.Randawa, Malaysia
 

Leaders are Shaped by Persistence

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

 
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Ahmed Ali
Director, Saudi Arabia
 

Born Leaders are Different from Made Leaders

Born Leaders are different than Made Leaders in the sense that they leave remarkable history behind ... Sign up

 
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Wiegmans
Business Consultant, Netherlands
 

Leadership based on Dominance

My answer on this question is both biological as psychological. One of the most prominent characteri... Sign up

 
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Leyla Is
Management Consultant, Sweden
 

Leadership, Born or Created

Im a student and weve been overwhelmed with leadership theories, how to be the best leader and mak... Sign up

 
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Frederick Price
Philippines
 

Can Leadership Be Generated or is it a Born Gift

The textbooks say leadership comes from heredity and environment. I do not agree. It is an inborn tr... Sign up

 
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Daniel Mitchell, Singapore
 

The Question - are Leaders Born or Made?

I think there are personality and even physical traits (eg. Height) that seem to bestow leader-like ... Sign up

 
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achintya sarkar, India
 

Top Leadership is Inborn

If we talk about leadership quality, some part of it can be inculcated some are inborn. But one cann... Sign up

 
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Frederick Price
Philippines
 

Leadership

I completely agree with you. You either have it, or you don't. And if you don't have it, no amount o... Sign up

 
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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Leadership Quality Partly Inborn: Situations make you a Leader

Some people like to lead, others like to follow. Sometimes leaders emerge from followers based on th... Sign up

 
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Frederick Price
Philippines
 

Leadership

I would say that some are born to lead, but most to follow. If a leader arises up out of the rabble,... Sign up

 
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Leyla Is
Management Consultant, Sweden
 

Fear of Showing Leadership

Finally we all agree about the biological skills which are very important for a real and good leader... Sign up

 
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Frederick Price
Philippines
 

Effect Culture on Leadership

I think your people do have the skills. But the culture gets in the way. Leadership is normally dist... Sign up

 
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Casimir Vital
Manager, United States
 

Leadership is Learned

Leadership is learned. Anyone can do it but the issue is whether the person will act upon the traini... Sign up

 
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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Can Leadership Be Born or Generated After Some Age?

Leaders are everywhere within all of us. If the fear of leading overrides the willingness to take ... Sign up

 
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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Why do Some Want to Lead???

I think there has to be an underlying sense of impatience demonstrated by leaders. Impatience at see... Sign up

 
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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Managers versus Leaders

Effective managers will spot the leaders in their midst. That lightens their load. If they engage th... Sign up

 
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Germaine Roanne Baquilod
Manager, Philippines
 

Leadership is a Skill

Leadership is a skill. You may be thrown into a situation which empowers you to lead. But your abili... Sign up

 
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M Y Zainudeen
Management Consultant, Sri Lanka
 

Leadership Situations

There are a large number of characteristics (as someone has mentioned earlier) which bases one's lea... Sign up

 
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TAPIWA JUMOH
Student (University), Zimbabwe
 

Leadership by Birth?

Leaders are not born even if we all exist because of the process: 'birth.' Leadership requires to e... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

Leadership Can Be Taught and Learned

Both. However, it is absolute doctrine of the US Army that leadership can be taught and learned. RO... Sign up

 
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David Wilson
Manager, Canada
 

Leaders and Learning

@Tom Wilson, I agree that leaders can be taught and can learn. When I went to through the ROTP (in C... Sign up

 
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Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Can Untalented Leaders Still be Taught Leadership?

I wonder if leaders can be taught ab initio. In every leadership programme there is an element of se... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

Leaders and Learning

@David Wilson: Thank you for your response. My Ranger class started with 300 odd candidates, 120 fi... Sign up

 
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Tom Wilson
HR Consultant, United States
 

On the Ideology of Leadership

@Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry : This list is what I consider the ideology of Leadership, which is to sa... Sign up

 
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abdulghaniyu salako
Student (MBA), Nigeria
 

Few are Born, Others are Made

Few individuals are born leaders, but they perform exceptionally well. For example, Jesus and Mohamm... Sign up

 
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haguma brian
Student (University), Uganda
 

Leaders: Born or Made?

I strongly suggest that leaders are made. Because if they were born, what would be the point of the ... Sign up

 
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VENKATESH
Manager, India
 

Leaders can be Made

People are born with some traits of Emotion and Intelligence. Leadership requires these traits in di... Sign up

 
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Satya Nistala
India
 

Natural versus Genetically Modified

Made leaders are like genetically modified products. All color but no taste. Natural leaders are lik... Sign up

 
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Vipul Nahar
India
 

Think Beyond 'Are Leaders Born or Made'

Despite of our failure in deriving consensus on this topic every time we discuss, it is still the mo... Sign up

 
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Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Beyond 'Born or Made'

@Vipul Nahar: As Mark Boucher and other South African cricketers have repeatedly stated - "Proficie... Sign up

 
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Rebecca Roe
United States
 

Replying to These Questions is Better Than 'Candy Crush'

@Vipul Nahar: It may not matter anymore than what came first? The chicken or the egg? We all continu... Sign up

 
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Vipul Nahar
India
 

Beyond Born or Made Leaders

@Andrew Blaine: Agreed and this is what I meant I guess. We need a mix of both innate skills and pra... Sign up

 
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Feraidoon Bakhtiari
CxO / Board, Iran
 

Great Leaders are like Diamonds

Leaders have diamond quality. They flourish in circumstances of heat and pressure. Heat zeal and pas... Sign up

 
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Thabo Johnson, South Africa
 

Leaders Formal and Informal Training

Learned friends, my view is based on traditional leadership where the baton is passed on from one to... Sign up

 
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Andrew Blaine
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Hereditary Leadership

@Thabo Johnson: There are simply too many examples that say your opinion does not mesh with reality... Sign up

 
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Thabo Johnson, South Africa
 

Hereditary Leadership

Reality in a South African context cannot overlook that the regional stock of great leaders can be t... Sign up

 
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Gopalakrishna Bhat
Project Manager, India
 

Leaders-Born or Made or Hereditory Etc

I think, this discussion can go on forever without converging to any logical conclusion. Instead of... Sign up

 
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Feraidoon Bakhtiari
CxO / Board, Iran
 

The Context of the Leadership Matters

I do not know where this kind of discussion take us? Some believe leaders are born and some show evi... Sign up

 
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Thomas Solomon
Student (University), Nigeria
 

How to Assess Suitability of a 'Born' Leader?

@Sandeep Pathak: I agree with you, but what are the things or features one gets to look out for that... Sign up

 
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Satya Nistala
India
 

Leaders are Born, Not Made

@Haguma brian: The only use of networking and learning about leadership and management is to get a j... Sign up

 
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Deric Crosby
Manager, United States
 

You Lead Like You are Lead

In my opinion, with most behavioral characteristics or skills it is learned. Most leaders are born o... Sign up

 
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Kurai Chitima
Business Consultant, South Africa
 

Are Leaders Born or Made?

I was told the story of a man who visited a far country where people were still living quite primiti... Sign up

 
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Riek Yak Guandong
Student (University), South Sudan
 

Leaders are Born; not Made

Born leaders are effective, charismatic and formulators. Leaders by learning are often only impleme... Sign up

 
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Michael D. Moore
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Leaders Born not Made

I have read the many valuable responses here and this is a subject dear to my heart. Respectfully, ... Sign up

 
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Gregory Johnson
Coach, United States
 

Cornucopia of Leadership

There are a number of outstanding responses to the query of leaders either born or made in this thre... Sign up

   

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