The debate over whether leadership skills are innate or learned has likely been debated since the days of the caveman. Many experts hold fast to the belief that leaders are born while others believe they are made. But are they? Or is it simply a matter of learning the necessary skills and gaining the necessary experience?
Leadership is challenging, there’s no doubt about that.
It’s part science and part art and while it may be debatable whether everyone has the ability to become the next Abe Lincoln or Nelson Mandela, there’s little doubt that we are all capable of becoming effective leaders. The science of leadership can be learned conventionally. The art is learned by experience.
Many of the most famous leaders throughout history learned their leadership skills on the fly. They were passionate about a worthy cause and developed the ability to lead and inspire others along the way. They weren’t all born to be historical figures.
You can greatly strengthen your leadership skills, regardless of your current level of expertise. Being shy or introverted won’t prevent you from becoming an effective leader. In fact, many of history’s greatest leaders were introverts!
Leaders have the ability to change companies and the world, and the business environment of today is rapidly changing. This is creating a great demand for those with leadership skills, particularly as it relates to leading others through change. In the past, managers were tasked with maintaining the status quo. This is no longer true. If you can lead others through change, you possess one of the most valuable workplace skills today.
Right now, leadership skills are highly sought after by employers. Fortunately, there’s never been a better time to enhance your leadership skills. Even a moderate increase in your skills can have a positive impact on your personal and your professional life.
If you’ve always wanted to become an effective leader, you’re in luck. There has never been a better time to enhance your ability to lead others. Becoming a more skillful leader requires education and experience. You’re unlikely to enhance your skills without time and effort. Take advantage of leadership opportunities, and your skills will grow. Leaders are made.