Insights for Leaders

The Leadership Myth

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 | 0 Comments

“I would say that most leaders are made.” — General D. Eisenhower

Harvard leadership guru, Warren Bennis, writes: “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership.  This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not.  That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true.  Leaders are made rather than born.

Kenneth Chenault, CEO of American Express observes: “There are some people who are born leaders.  But the best leaders work at it day in and day out.”

The Bottom Line: Leaders don’t rely on their genetics; they diligently develop the many qualities required of leadership.