Leadership Is Made Not Born

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I disagree with this statement as leaders are made not born. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge and skills. Throughout history people have tried to study makes a good leader. We think of great political leaders: George Washington, Nelson Mandela, and Abraham Lincoln. We may think of the leaders of social movements: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. We may think of spiritual leaders: Jesus Christ, Muhammad and Mother Teresa. We may think of management leaders like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson. We also include in our definition some of the infamous leaders such as Adolf Hitler, Idi amin, or Saddam Hussein. Obviously, leadership is not always or automatically good in and of itself. Most of leadership is made, not born. Believing leaders are mostly born could have dangerous consequences. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training and experience. The executives, who believe that leaders are born, give less attention to leadership development, both their own personal development as well the development of those they lead. They are focused on selecting leaders with the "right stuff," and expecting that those leaders ' natural abilities will mean organizational
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