The question of leadership has been studied again and again. The research community tried to determine what makes a leader by developing different theories. There are two main schools of thoughts: Leadership is innate & leadership is learned.
In the end, it depends on what you call a leader. I believe that we can all learn new competences and skills that are translated in our behavior.
A short definition of leadership
A leader is a person who has goal in mind, an ideal, a preferred state that he wants to achieve. The leader has the energy to persuade others that his vision is worth it. He is like the locomotive of a train that moves forward while building the rails for the Wagons behind him. The rails are the support of the leader’s vision. They represent his ideas through a mission statement, values, culture and so one. The Leader has particular connection with a person who transfers the message to others; they can be called messengers. Those messengers become leader themselves as they convey the leader’s vision. The messenger also believe in the leader’s vision that is why they also become leaders themselves. The image bellow illustrates the idea.
What are the universal characteristics of a good leader?
- team-orientation, and
- excellence orientation.
Do you think that the personality aspects described in the study GLOBE can be trained, learned or are innate?