Are Leaders Born or Made?

Are Leaders Born or Made?

In his latest after-run moment of clarity, Chief Leadership founder, Charles Celano, examines the question; are leaders born or made?

A question that often returns a myriad of responses, but is worth continual examination. Are some people born with an innate ability towards public speaking and leadership? Or do they learn and develop skills overtime that make them effective leaders?

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5 Comments
  • Rick Francis
    Posted at 09:44h, 28 October Reply

    I think it is a little of both. Some people are born leaders…they know it or have had it made known to them and they naturally respond to that particular bent. Some are born leaders but they don’t know it and may not pursue it until they are prompted to. Others learn leadership through example and hone those skills over time. Whatever the case might be, all leaders need to be developed. Even those with glaringly natural leadership prowess need help in harnessing their leadership blind spots!

    • Chief Leadership
      Posted at 11:27h, 28 October Reply

      Rick, thank you so much for your thoughts on this topic. I really agree that it is a little of both. Harnessing our strengths and working to improve our weaknesses all play a role in becoming better leaders.

  • Eric R Nunez
    Posted at 14:47h, 29 October Reply

    I think in every case leaders are made but some are born with a naturally higher EQ then others which lends itself to individuals who are incline to be more self disciplined, self-aware, self-motivated, possess higher levels of empathay and an ease with social emotional engagements.

    Sometimes this is true for some leaders who have faced a significant life changing event early in the youth making it appear that they were born with all five Emtional Intelligent components which is manifested in a sense of purpose and a higher level of (EQ) Emotional Quotient.

    Leadership is about relationshi[ps and EQ is as important as IQ the for a leader, maybe even more so. The great thing is a person can increase their EQ and as long as they have average to above average IQ they can develop into amn authentic and caring leader.

  • Eric R. Nunez
    Posted at 14:51h, 29 October Reply

    I think in every case leaders are made but some are born with a naturally higher EQ then others which lends itself to individuals who are incline to be more self disciplined, self-aware, self-motivated, possess higher levels of empathay and an ease with social emotional engagements.

    Sometimes this is true for some leaders who have faced a significant life changing event early in the youth making it appear that they were born with all five Emtional Intelligent components which is manifested in a sense of purpose and a higher level of (EQ) Emotional Quotient.

    Leadership is about relationshi[ps and EQ is as important as IQ the for a leader, maybe even more so. The great thing is a person can increase their EQ and as long as they have average to above average IQ they can develop into amn authentic and caring leader.

    • Chief Leadership
      Posted at 06:49h, 30 October Reply

      Eric, thank you so much for your thoughtful response. I could not agree with you more, especially when it comes to Emotional Intelligence. I love the expression “IQ gets you into the dance, but EQ gets you on the dance floor!”

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