Leaders Are Made Not Born

Learn the three steps to becoming to be a leader

Wendy Scott

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Are leaders born or made? Can anyone become a leader?

If they want to, anyone can learn leadership skills. So that’s a resounding ‘YES’ from me.

Not everyone wants to manage people or deal with leadership challenges, and that’s OK. It would be a dull world if we all wanted to learn to be leaders.

““Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.” These immortal words come from Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi”— Are Leaders Born or Made, Colin Baker, Reviewed by Hannah L. Miller, https://leaders.com

I’ve known many talented, intelligent people who do not want to manage others and are not suited to it. They contribute far better when working alone.

But for those who aspire to be a leader, it’s an easy three-step process:

  • Discover what skills are required to become a leader
  • Learn step-by-step processes for each leadership skill
  • Practice until you are a competent leader

Here is your not-so-secret formula for learning to lead. Read on if you dare ;-)

Step One — Discover

To become a leader, you must know what leadership skills are required.

This part is easy because we have many resources to consult. Google, ChatGPT, and leadership qualifications soon provide us with a list.

I typed this into ChatGPT:

“Give me a list of leadership skills”

ChatGPT responded with a list of fifteen skills, but we’ll stick with the first five for brevity:

Communication: The ability to convey information, ideas, and directives clearly and effectively to team members, stakeholders, and peers.

Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and managing emotions, both your own and those of others, to handle interpersonal relationships effectively.

Visionary Thinking: Creating and communicating a compelling vision for the future, setting goals and objectives for the team or organization.

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Wendy Scott

L&D professional writing practical, step-by-step leadership and training & development articles to help leaders, managers & trainers grow their careers.