The question of whether leaders are made or born is about as old as leadership itself. I am firmly on the “made” side.
While some people do seem to be born with certain traits of leadership; extraversion, self-confidence, and courage are but a few that come to mind, there are many people who have those traits and yet never lead. So traits alone do not make a leader.
There are also readily identifiable qualities and characteristics of leadership but merely possessing those characteristics does not make a person a leader. For instance, I believe that to lead people you must care about them, truly truly care. So caring is a prime leadership characteristic for me. But I know many many caring people who do not seek leadership opportunities.
It is ultimately the actions of an individual that makes them a leader. It’s what they do with the qualities and characteristics…
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