Are Leaders Born or Made?
Do you believe there are “natural born” leaders?
Some people believe leadership is innate for certain people. They believe the best leader is already among us, and they were born that way. Here is the common evidence they will point to that supports this belief:
You can look at someone’s life and back when they were little kids on the playground they were always the one leading the exercises or changing the game. Or maybe as kids they were always the first ones chosen in sports or club activities, or in school they were the ones the teacher always picked on. Then that person is identified as being a “natural” leader.
And then you read something like Malcolm Gladwell’s book “Outliers” where he talks about a great study that was done on professional hockey players. The reason why this is an unusual book, and why it is so awesome in how it looks at success, is the biggest correlated criteria that he could find for hockey players was their birth dates.
Because in Canada, for hockey players, if you are born on January 1st, you are in that year group. So, if you’re born on January 1st and you’re playing against a kid in that year group that was born on December 31st, you’re a year older than him. That doesn’t matter when you are 33 and he is 32. But when you’re 5 and he is 4, you’re 20% bigger and faster. So 80% of professional hockey players have their birthday fall in the first quarter of the year.
What happens is this becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy that the person born earlier in the year is a natural leader. A lot of the time, not every time…
So, are leaders really born? The answer is, some are but a lot are not. There are other factors at play.
What you will learn in The Inevitable You® Coaching System is we can teach you every skill to be a great leader. You have every skill, and you must unlearn some things you learned in grade school that made you believe you are not a great leader.
We are all born to be leaders. It’s innate in all of us. Now some are a little sharper than others, but the vast majority of people have far more leadership skills than they know.
We’re going to reinstall what we call “neural software” that has different beliefs of what it means to be a leader.