A leader is a person who influences the attributes and behaviour of people. A person is said to have an influence over others when they are willing to carry out wishes and accept his guidance. A leader guides and directs the efforts of people towards certain objectives.
Leaders- Born Or Made?
There is a controversy regarding how leaders emerge. Some people believe that leaders are born while others believe that leaders can be produced. Let us examine both the viewpoints.
Leaders are born: According to this view, leaders in general and great leaders in particular are born, not made. Leaderships qualities are inborn and passed on from one generation to another. It is argued that leadership skills are God-gifted and inherited. It is true to some extent that a person inherits some qualities of his parents. So according to this, leaders are born.
Leaders are made: According to this opinion, a person can acquire leadership qualities through formal education, training and experience. Situations and environments create leaders are created.
Both the views are correct. To some extent leadership qualities are inborn but they can be created and sharpened through education, training and experience.
Qualities of a good leader:
A good leader must possess the following qualities. Let us read them.
Some of these qualities can be inborn and others can be acquired through education, training and experience. Therefore we can say that leaders are born as well as made.
A strong leader can be a weak manger just as a strong manager may be weak leader. A leader need not to be a manager but a good manger must have the qualities of an effective leader.