Are Leaders Born or Made?

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For many years, there has been a debate about whether leaders areborn or made. This discussion has led to two viewpoints. Oneviewpoint is that one must be born with unique leadership abilitiesto be a leader. That suggests that leaders are born. The other pointof view is that anybody who learns and grows can develop into aleader. That suggests that leaders are made. This paper puts forwardthat leaders are made and not born. It explains why leaders are made,talks about a point in my background that gives evidence of myleadership capacity, and describes my action plan for maintainingacademic success in the MBA program

Leaders are Made

Leading a nation, an organization or a military unit is not an easytask due to the complexity of processes or social groups therefore,to believe that someone can be born having all the qualities requiredto lead any entity does not make any sense. One can be an effectiveleader through sacrifice, determination, regular self-assessment,learning, practicing, stepping out of the comfort zone, and workinghard. These are some of the requirements useful to make a leadersince they drive leadership development and unlock the potential ofmanagement. Being a leader also requires understanding our vision andpurpose for the society we live in, committing to learning how to useour unique talents and gifts, and willing to make sacrifices(Yakowicz, 2014).

Even though there are inherent traits, which can accelerateleadership development, governance is not genetic. No leader is bornwith unique gifts. Every great leader acquired a set of skillsnecessary to lead through hard work.

Evidence of my Leadership Potential

Evidence of my leadership potential can be found during high schooleducation. I was a leader of a discussion group and my role involvedcoordinating academic discussions. I determined which areas to becovered during discussions, set objective, identified necessaryrevision materials and conducive venues, arranged for meetings,assigned tasks to each member, and ensured everyone remained focusedon our goals. At the end of each session, I led the team inevaluating our performance and identifying the challenges we faced.

Action Plan for Maintaining Academic Success in the MBA Program

To achieve academic success in the MBA program, it is imperative tocreate an action plan to give guidance through personal reflection,setting goals, and continual refinement. The first part of thisscheme involves reflection on what to gain from the program, thevalues, principles, and beliefs that should be upheld, currentstrengths and weaknesses, and what to achieve. The second part ofthis plan involves setting goals. After personal reflection, it isimportant to put down specific goals, ensuring that each goal fitsinto one of the following categories: Academic, physical, career,social, personal, and leadership. These goals are helpful inattaining success in the program. The third part of this planinvolves continuous refinement. This action plan should not be afixed list of objectives. Instead, it should be an effectivestrategy. Continuous improvement is about meeting with supervisorsregularly to discuss the progress made towards achieving each goal,the goals achieved, and the challenges faced. It is about learningfrom the mistakes made and updating the goals.


Indeed, leaders are not born but made since leadership skills are nothereditary. These skills are developed through working hard to meetset goals, making sacrifices, learning new things, learning from pastexperiences, being focused, and carrying out personal assessments.Since processes and social groups are complicated, no one can be bornwith qualities necessary to lead.


Yakowicz, W. (2014, October 14). Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born. Retrieved from Inc: