Leadership is a special skill that individuals possess, this gives them the authority to lead people in a direction which they should move.
Are leaders born or made
According to Great Man theory, leaders are definitely born not made. The theory argues that people acquire qualities that make them fit for leadership. If for instance we argued that leaders are born, it would mean that people have equal capabilities and talents. (Ciulla 2014, p.12) However, there are certain inborn characteristics that enhance the qualities of a leader. These features nurture someone into becoming a great leader. In the same way that people are born with specific talents, inborn characteristics ought to be practiced regularly. This will enable the leader to learn and master the skills.
According to behavioral theories, leaders are developed through a process. The process includes coaching, learning and observation. Leadership skills can be enhanced through proper training, insight, regular practice and experience. (Northhouse, 2018, p.17) Therefore, leadership is a continuous process. Noble leaders look out for development opportunities whenever possible. They will use these opportunities to absorb new leadership skills. Soft skills such as influence, charisma can be enlightened but can’t be rooted. Leadership therefore, can be learned by anybody with essentials.
Are female leaders born with qualities or they develop them?
It is believed that many ladies are not born having leadership qualities. That is the truth and it can be a dangerous myth to believe that leaders are born and not developed. Gender plays the least thing in explaining the role of leadership. (Daft 2014, p.13) There is no difference between male and female leadership, they all have the same capabilities. It means that ladies can do an equal task as men too. Girls though marginalized in the community, can be good leaders since most of them obtain the basic education from their mother who have the ability of multitasking. Leadership does not come by personality, all can called to be leaders through training made to them.( Goleman, 2017,p.23) The women leaders currently were not born being leaders but learnt through experience how to be good leaders which they are today.
In conclusion, leadership is a gift which is gotten through training and experience. There is no discrimination of anyone to develop and become leaders. Leaders not born but actually they develop gradually through their entire life to form good characters and also develop leadership minds. All yearning to be leaders should learn to lead their life in a perfect way before leading others.
Leaders are born with solid skills or the skill develop
In my opinion, leadership skills can be inborn or acquired. Some people argue that these skills are like qualities. There is therefore there is a possibility of being born with leadership skills. Leadership skills can also be acquired if the person is ready and willing to learn. Just like good etiquettes which can be taught, leadership skills have the opportunity of being taught. Job training and development is a great way of boosting leadership skills. People who are self-confident are motivated to lead. People who are skilled have the ability to become strategic business leaders.
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Daft, R.L., 2014. The leadership experience. Cengage Learning.
Goleman, D., 2017. Leadership That Gets Results (Harvard Business Review Classics). Harvard Business Press.
Northouse, P.G., 2018. Leadership: Theory and practice. Sage publications.