Are Leaders Born or Made?

Learning is an essential part of life. My father used to tell me when I was young, “Every man dies three times, the first death is when he stops learning, the second is when his body fails and he passes away, and the third and final death is when he is no longer remembered. The most important of the three is the first; you must postpone it until the last possible moment. Never quit learning son.” This statement always hit me hard as a young man and still does to this day. I have always thought that if I was not learning and continuing to improve myself that individuals putting in the work and learning more would eventually surpass me in life.

It is a well-known fact that no two people are exactly alike. Even identical twin differ in personality if not in appearance. Considering the inherent differences between our peers and us, it would be irresponsible to assume that some individuals are not better equip than others to lead just as some are more athletically or intellectually inclined.

Tavar (2015) in Leaders are Born and Made states: “We become better leaders by honing our skills and developing the traits needed to inspire others to perform at their best despite the complications that may arise.“ This quote can be applied to anything in life relationships, athletics, intellect, and yes leadership. To be excellent at anything dues must be paid through a concerted effort to improve through training, practice, and development. Natural ability can only take an individual so far, to attain excellence in any discipline the individual must possess a desire to continue to learn and refine their skill-set.


Tovar, A. (2015). Leaders are Born and Made. Alaska Nurse, 66(5), 14-15 2p.


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