Can everyone be a great leader?

133I think a good analogy is that of a talent such as the ability to dance, sing, act, play football or be a successful athlete.

Those people are born with a set of skills and talent that enable them to excel in their chosen field. They may show an inherent ability and interest, and will have some raw skill. But given the correct environment and training the skill will be honed, the talent will blossom and the person will become proficient in their field.




It is very difficult to produce a world class footballer, actor, singer etc. from a person who does not have the inherent ability. It is possible to develop what skill there is within the person, but not to produce a world class performer.

In the same way, there may be people who could potentially be world class, but if they are never shown the way, offered the opportunity, then they will not realize their hidden potential.

So I am saying that to produce a great leader, an effective leader, it is helpful to have the correct raw material to work with, someone who has an inherent talent for leadership. But also, I am saying, everyone can be helped to improve their leadership skills.

What are we learning here?

As in everything, if we analyze the component parts of the skillset required, we can work on them separately and develop and improve our Leadership potential.

We have considered many of the skills required already on this course. Now I propose to revisit the ones that you can work on to improve your leadership potential in this new separate module. I will include the link to the original module, so you can revisit if you want to revise it, and I will briefly summarize the original module for you.

Trait and Situational theory

Leadership trait theory is an early leadership theory, and asserts that there are certain inborn traits or attributes that mean people are more likely to succeed as leaders. So it infers that leaders are born, rather than made.

Early research on the traits of leaders failed to show significantly different traits in leaders and followers. Further studies led to observations that people are not always leaders or followers in different situations. Let’s consider an example.

Two people work in the same business. A is a senior manager in the business, B is an employee at a much lower level.

Both are members of a different group –say a choir, or amateur football club. Here B is the choir leader, or team captain, and A is an ordinary member of the group.

B leads the group, in the same way as A leads the department in the company.

Their behavior in each setting is different. Why is this? Because they have adopted different roles in each instance, and so assume the authority and command the respect conferred by their position.

Different people take the lead in different situations that require different skills. It is also influenced by the way that teams work together. In teams people tend to assume the role they are best suited to, unless that role is taken already, in which case they will slot in where they fit best.

Comments

Can everyone be a great leader? — 75 Comments

  1. Not every one can be a leader, but some are bone leaders while others are made leaders either way training is necessary.

  2. David in the bible was a made-leader but Solomon his son was a born leader and we could read about the enormous wisdom of Solomon.

  3. Good Leadership is the key to successful business environment.if your Leadership kill is been manage for those that you are managing.

  4. Leadership is the born knowledge but also can be improved by the society or environment through different challenges that shoul help someone to examine and experiencing his/ her level of leadership.

  5. Leaders are born, with leadership potential that needed to be harness. Thanks for the lesson

  6. Well ,a leader is born but without nurturing him/her will end up not coming in full realization of the power and ability he /she has.
    i believe in being born but more also in modelling leaders.

  7. Yes, I partly agreed with you that leaders are born. Now, here’s my inputs.for example, If a child is born with a talent and that talent is not shown, neither seeing. That talent automatically become dead. The only way the child’s talent is noticed is by observing him to understand where his placement in life should be, as he grows. Any thing contrary to the above mentioned, the talent will become a dead one. More to the above mentioned, the observatory aspect is where my disagreement comes. Henceforth, The outside factors or influenced; sorry, contradate this beautiful lecture or presentations.

  8. leader are not only born but also made because talent without improvement by leaning formal and informal education nothing he /she can practice.

  9. I agree with all facts presented in this lesson. It is very good and easy to digest.