Do You Think Anyone Can Lead?
If you have a purpose for leading and a strong desire to lead, you can develop the skills you will need.
What Makes Someone a Leader? Skills are, of course, necessary if you want to lead others over time and do it effectively. Nonetheless, if you have a purpose for leading and a strong desire to lead, you can develop the skills you will need.
Yet despite ample evidence that leadership can be learned, some people will not choose to lead. And despite an abundance of natural skills, abilities and disposition that might seem to give some people an advantage in becoming a leader, not everyone who is born to lead will choose to be a leader.
Even in cases where someone is invited to step into a leadership position, there are those who will never step up to become a leader even if they accept the position. Finally, while there is much evidence that “you don’t have to be THE leader to be A leader,” not everyone will choose to take the lead when the opportunity presents itself.
What could be the determining factor in whether someone takes the lead or not? While leaders aren’t necessarily born, there is one-character trait that is evident in every person I have observed take the lead: COURAGE.
Courage is the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. In the moment you are faced with an opportunity to lead, you must be willing to confront these things and all the other places that scare you.
Of course, the reason some people will choose not to lead will be because they don’t care enough to take the risk. However, when the caring and the commitment are present, the choice to lead requires courage. For some, it is courageous to speak up for the first time in front of just a few people. For others, courage could be as bold as promoting wide scale changes to ensure organizational sustainability. We can’t judge the amount of courage any act takes as an outside observer because courage is profoundly personal.
Could it be that some of us are wired to be more likely to lead than others? By “wired to lead,” I mean they are born with the emotional wiring that supports them in being courageous. Or do you think courage is something that can manifest in anyone, if they are moved and motivated enough by the cause that calls for them to act as a leader?
I can make the case for both. What I really want to know is…
What do you think?