Leaders Are Self Made Than Born
This question has always hit many heads “ Whether Charismatic Leaders Born or Made?” and the answers that i have found so far was not up-to my appetite. For last few months I've been reading & start following the world leaders whether he/she is the leader for tech, politics, business, religion or of any other kind; what i figured out is that leaders are really made rather being born with the leadership charisma.
Now the question comes, “Can everyone become a charismatic leader?”
My answer for the question will be -yes, anyone certainly can, if s/he wants to develop the qualities of temperament & personality over time through parenting, schooling, and experience. A recent research also shown that only one third of the leadership is inborn qualities while the rest two third is up to working on self development.
Peter Drucker once stated that when “management is doing things right, leadership is doing the right things.” And we all know, great leaders possess dazzling social intelligence, a zest for change, and above all, a vision that allows them to set their sights on the things that truly merit attention. It is quite the job of leaders to develop a vision — establish what matters and articulate why — set direction, and inspire others. Not a bad skill set for the rest of us, either.
So Leaders Aren’t Just Born
Those who say leaders are born do believe that, people will simply know when someone is a leader. But that just not the case always. In this matter i agree with Herbert Spencer who said that great men or leaders are the product of the society rather than born leader. He said-
“You must admit that the genesis of a great man depends on the long series of complex influences which has produced the race in which he appears, and the social state into which that race has slowly grown…. Before he can remake his society, his society must make him.”
— Herbert Spencer, The Study of Sociology
So i believe great leaders are only products of the atmosphere and society they worked for and lived in. And society do shape these great men as oppose to them shaping the society.
So How Do You Become A Good Leader?
I believe only action produces results. Therefore, if anyone wants to become a good leader s/he has to practice actions like building relationships, developing others, and making decisions that lead to more effective actions; but that actions has to be of his individual and team’s action, along with the outcomes they produce, that will build the reputation as a great leader.
And for practicing great leadership have to practice the following steps-
1. Choose your action wisely.
2. Put teamwork into priority.
3. Ensure that your plan is understood.
4. Create a people oriented strategy.
5. Learn from failure.
6. Stretch beyond your comfort zone.
7. Get comfortable with silence to prelude to a big decision or decisive action.
And have to adapt these following distinctive attributes as well-
“It’s a lot easier to assign blame than to hold yourself accountable. But if you want to know how to do it right, learn from financial expert Larry Robbins. He wrote a genuinely humble letter to his investors about his bad judgment that caused their investments to falter. He then opened up a new fund without management and performance fees — unheard of in the hedge fund world. This is character. This is accountability. It’s not only taking responsibility; it’s taking the next step to make it right.”
— Sandra Carreon-John, senior vice president, M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment
“In order to achieve greatness, you must create a culture of optimism. There will be many ups and downs, but the prevalence of positivity will keep the company going. But be warned: This requires fearlessness. You have to truly believe in making the impossible possible.”
— Jason Harris, CEO, Mekanism
“One of the biggest myths is that good business leaders are great visionaries with dogged determination to stick to their goals no matter what. It’s nonsense. The truth is, leaders need to keep an open mind while being flexible, and adjust if necessary. When in the startup phase of a company, planning is highly overrated and goals are not static. Your commitment should be to invest, develop and maintain great relationships.”
— Daymond John, CEO, Shark Branding and FUBU
“A leader instills confidence and ‘follower ship’ by having a clear vision, showing empathy and being a strong coach. As a female leader, to be recognized I feel I have to show up with swagger and assertiveness, yet always try to maintain my Southern upbringing, which underscores kindness and generosity. The two work well together in gaining respect.”
— Barri Rafferty, CEO, Ketchum North America
“Our employees are a direct reflection of the values we embody as leaders. If we’re playing from a reactive and obsolete playbook of needing to be right instead of doing what’s right, then we limit the full potential of our business and lose quality talent. If you focus on becoming authentic in all your interactions, that will rub off on your business and your culture, and the rest takes care of itself.”
— Gunnar Lovelace, co-CEO and cofounder, Thrive Market
“Patience is really courage that’s meant to test your commitment to your cause. The path to great things is always tough, but the best leaders understand when to abandon the cause and when to stay the course. If your vision is bold enough, there will be hundreds of reasons why it ‘can’t be done’ and plenty of doubters. A lot of things have to come together — external markets, competition, financing, consumer demand and always a little luck — to pull off something big.”
— Dan Brian, COO, WhipClip
So, i would end up saying that, truly successful leaders are made, not born. Leaders are constantly evaluating and learning through their course of life. While great leaders live and practice leadership traits and skills every day, they also strive to better know themselves and develop their character, will, vision and passion and that’s at the end of the day my friends create leaders.