The BBC asked this question a while ago while citing some of the greatest leaders of all time.
My opinion is that leadership as a skill can be learnt. I would consider much of leadership being wrapped up in teamwork, influence, strategy, and so on, and these are things that you can most certainly learn. I know this because I’ve learnt them! For many years I struggled with leadership and with building teams of people, but through being more prepared and investing in learning these skills, I’ve increased in being a leader.
I would clarify here that I also consider being a manager and a leader as two separate things. Managers aren’t necessarily leaders.
I so consider that, however, there are always people who will carry a far greater ability to lead. Like Churchill, or Alexander the Great, or Jesus, or Steve Jobs.
Are they born with it? I don’t know if it’s whether they are born with it or whether they are nurtured into it a very, very young age through particular circumstances. It’s hard to say.
Your Leading Thoughts
- Is leadership learned? Or are you born with it?
- What makes a great leader?