Leadership Psychology – Are Great Leaders Made or Born?

hands1-300x200Ask experts what the most asked question about leadership is, and they’ll usually answer “are they made or born?”

Perception is everything, even if perception and reality are often at odds. Some perceive leadership to be about nature, others ascribe to the nurture theory. I find it to be a bit of both, with emphasis on nurture. There are dozens of books, decade’s worth of debates and many well-documented studies on the subject of leadership. Nevertheless, the debate rages on.

Read this article on the Business2Business Community website, and share your comments. Do you agree/disagree? What has been your personal experience?

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0 Comments on “Leadership Psychology – Are Great Leaders Made or Born?

January 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

There are so many different personality traits for leaders and they succeed or fail depending on the type of company and how it operates. I personally think that the best leader is able to set his/her team on fire with passion for a common goal. Perhaps Steve Jobs fell into this category. They empower and build other leaders and carefully select their teams/followers according to the needs of the group. Are they born or made? I don’t know. But they have a clear vision that they’re able to articulate, they work hard to get there, they expect their team to work hard and they are good with and care about people. Someone like that, I’d follow…

Lee Ellis
January 8, 2014 at 10:31 am

Great comments, Diana. Your comments remind us of an article that Lee uses in his consulting and coaching practice comparing President John Adams and President Thomas Jefferson. You can can get a copy of it on this page – (WP Admin)

January 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

Thank you!


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