An age-old question
One age-old question in any given professional industry is whether great leaders are simply born that way or if they’re made to become that way. No matter your personal opinion, you can find definitive answers supporting both concepts. But perhaps the answer to whether leaders are born or made isn’t as simple as a true/false statement. Truly great leaders are both born that way and made that way. However, it isn’t always an equal division between the two essential parts, and it’s unique to each leader or potential leader.
For some, the majority of leadership skills are developed through a natural progression based on personality, interests, and natural skills. It doesn’t matter how small that natural leadership kernel is in a person. As long as it’s in there, that person has the potential to become a great leader. But that’s not all it takes.
Leaders born and made
The good news about great leaders being both born and made is that nearly everyone has that potential. Even just the desire to be a great leader is enough, as that is a part of your internal desires, placing you in the category of being born a leader or the potential to be a great leader, at least. With the simple desire or yearning, you can then devote yourself to bettering yourself and your leadership skills through workshops, positions at varying levels with any given company, and then trying your own hand at leadership. Only through practice and a willingness to acknowledge your weaknesses and improve upon them will make you a great leader.
A great leader is both born and made. Both parts are essential to a true leader. You may be numbered among those who find leadership easy, natural, and comfortable without much effort. Even if you do, you cannot progress to your full leadership potential without pushing yourself, your knowledge, and your professional limits. Most people have the ability to become great leaders. Few, however, have the discipline, dedication, and self-honesty to make it happen at its highest level.