Over the last few years I have often wondered what catalyst makes a leader? Is it one defining moment or a series of events? This begs the question is a leader born or made?
My answer to that question is it is a combination of both. Artists are not born with the knowledge of painting and athletes are not born with knowledge of their sport. So what makes an artist a great artist or an athlete a great athlete? They were born with potential. Similarly leaders are born with potential to lead. Whether or not they go on to become a leader is another discussion.
I believe that there are two factors that shape a leader:
- You are born with the potential to become a leader-a genetic predisposition. There is some aspect of genetic programming that you inherit form your parents. A youthful rebelliousness to stand up and be counted.
- A socialization process that leaders experience throughout their life. Childhood, school, friendships, social class and culture help shape and influence the mind of a leader.
We are all born with the potential to be leaders. Leadership is something you decide to do. Whether or not you go on to become a leader is one of the many choices we make in life.