Leaders: Born or Made?

Clearly inspired by yesterday’s post, Gaping Void asked the age old question today: Are leaders born or are they made?

Great question.

Hugh goes on to answer:

We won’t argue which side wins, but we all must agree that made or born, it starts from within. A drive to make a difference to those around you. A simple idea that many people just don’t get.

And summarizes his thoughts with this great image:


This post is dedicated to Marina Gijzen, a born leader who has taken the time to develop and refine her leadership skills, driven by a pure vision from within to make a difference. You are exceptional – go for it!

3 thoughts on “Leaders: Born or Made?”

  1. Sonya, once again, you delight and honour me.
    Thank you for your support.
    I am jumping in with both feet, just as we ask our students to do. It takes courage yet it is exciting. 🙂

  2. I believe true leaders are born with all the requirements to succeed within them. Many will fail to fulfil their potential simply because the circumstances required to ignite their capabilities fail to materialise. I think of Charles Upham, New Zealand’s greatest soldier, awarded the VC and Bar. Without a World War he may have been another shepherd on a high country station.
    I do agree with this quotation re leaders “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” Ralph Nader It is interesting that this is the philosophy the New Zealand All Blacks are now following with extensive use of leadership groups so that the team is equipped to continue as before should the named leader be withdrawn through injury at any stage.
    If you want more I could mention Dean Barker who appears to be a made leader and lacks the natural inner being to succeed against all odds.

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