On one end, people believe leaders are made, not born. On the other end, they believe individuals are natural born leaders. Throughout my MHA program, a few professors have emphasized that ANYONE can be a leader. I’ve heard many times throughout the program leaders are not born. Instead, individuals learn how to perform ‘leader’ duties effectively and leadership skills are developed overtime. I concur with most of what they’re relaying, but not 100%. I agree that anyone can be a leader and leadership skills can be developed overtime, but I also believe that there are people who are born with leadership qualities.
To be an effective leader, you must have a deeper understanding of what motivates people. Finding out what motivates people (or your team) will improve overall performance. If someone asked you right now, what motivates you? Will you be able to answer this question confidently? Some people will answer, “Yes, I know exactly what motivates me!” The real challenge is understanding how to motivate other people.
Throughout the 12 years of education (grade school, middle school and high school), they didn’t really teach us about how to prepare for the real-world. We learned the basics such as mathematics, history, reading, writing and English plus other classes with information we mostly likely did not retain. We were given “elective” classes, but none prepared us for adulting.