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Leadership: Born or Made?

June 3, 2013 By admin | Write Comment

There has been a lot of discussion of late as to whether leaders are born or made. Many will say that leaders are born of the occasion, others are convinced that innate talent is either born in us, or not.

In my view, in any profession there will be the “best of the best”, be that sports, music, or business.  I  believe that a person is born with certain innate talents and abilities. But, the ones at the top get to that level through passion, dedication, hard work, perseverance, and resilience.

You may have heard of “The 10,000-hour Rule” proposed by Malcolm Gladwell (@Gladwell) in his book “Outliers: The Story of Success”. Gladwell uses examples like the Beatles and Bill Joy, future founder of Sun Microsystems, to show that these people only arrived at their level of success after more than 10,000 hours of practice! After telling their stories, Gladwell concludes “achievement is talent plus preparation”.

The bottom line is that people possess certain talents from birth, but those talents have to be nourished in some tangible fashion. So, thought it’s great to have the talent, the world unfortunately knows many talented people who say “if only.”

I am interested in your views on this subject. I am a career Human Resources professional and have a great personal interest in management and leadership development. In addition to implementing many leadership assessment tools, I have been sought out to provide advice and counsel to senior management, addressing business and people issues.  I believe simpler is better, and that hard work and dedication is rewarded. Please reach out if you have questions about job performance, management, leadership, or career management!

Mark Youngblood

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CareerToolbox international, LLC

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