Leaders born or created?

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      Leaders Are Born
      Some individuals are naturally predisposed to leadership due to inherent personality traits, cognitive abilities, and other innate characteristics.
      Example of a Born Leader:
      Winston Churchill is often cited as an example of a born leader. His leadership during World War II demonstrated remarkable natural traits of resilience, courage, and a strong sense of destiny. Even from a young age, Churchill exhibited confidence and a determination that later defined his leadership style. His speeches and ability to inspire were pivotal in maintaining British morale during the war.

      Leaders Are also Made
      This perspective emphasizes that some leadership skills can be developed through education, experience, and training. It suggests that anyone with the right opportunities and dedication can become an effective leader. This view highlights the importance of mentorship, learning from failures, and continuous self-improvement.
      Example of a Made Leader:
      Indra Nooyi, the former CEO of PepsiCo, is a prime example of a made leader. Her journey to leadership involved rigorous academic training, including an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a series of progressively challenging roles in different companies. Through continuous learning and adapting to various business environments, Nooyi developed her leadership capabilities, ultimately transforming PepsiCo with her strategic vision and operational acumen.
      My Perspective
      I believe that effective leadership is a combination of both inherent qualities and learned skills. While some people may have natural predispositions that lend themselves to leadership, such as extroversion or high emotional intelligence, these traits alone are not sufficient. Leadership also requires skills and knowledge that are developed over time through education, experience, and mentorship.
      1. Human development is influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Just as with many other traits, leadership potential can be enhanced or diminished by life experiences and learning opportunities.
      2. The modern world is constantly changing, and leaders must adapt to new challenges and environments. This adaptability often comes from learned experiences rather than innate traits.
      3. Leadership involves a wide range of skills, such as communication, strategic thinking, and empathy, which can be developed through targeted training and practice.
      Examples in History: Historical and contemporary examples show that both born and made leaders have been successful. This indicates that while some individuals may have a natural inclination towards leadership, the environment and experiences play a crucial role in honing these abilities.

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      I think the leader could have a high IQ level which enables them to understand the situation. This is the same for other professionals and it is not exceptional for leaders. some people use their natural gifts in the best way they can and others may not use their natural gifts even though they are intelligent. Exercise/practice and exposure can make them intelligent inborn and considered as a natural gift. So it is very important to look at all directions.

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