Leaders are born, made and ever evolving!!!
There’s an old saying ‘Leaders are born, not made’…though to my surprise it is very difficult to find the original author of that quote.
However, there is a whole other school of thought that believes, as Vince Lombardi so eloquently stated,
I happen to agree with Vince….
Though I believe that some children have genetics that instill certain leadership traits and qualities, the role of society, environment and the socioeconomic levels, play a significant role in the development or suppression of leadership qualities. As even William Shakespeare’s states in his play, “Twelfth Night” (Act II, Scene V)”…Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them”.
And articles abound calling out common, and not so common, traits and qualities of great leaders. But do you know for yourself what skills, traits, and/or characteristics you currently possess and more importantly which ones you do not (at this time). Here is a great article by Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase… to get you thinking.
Today, there is a looming shortage of leaders, while the very nature of business is changing so quickly, it is requiring a different kind of leader. Do you have what it takes? It is as easy as assessing for yourself, the qualities and traits you possess now, to determine where you should focus your development and training focus on tomorrow.
Again, I have to agree with Vince, leaders are created each and every day as women and men go out into the world and contribute to the expansion, growth and development of others. You have more leadership skills then you probably even give yourself credit for. And even if you do not, today can be the first day you make YOU a leader in your business and life.
And when you decide you need to do just that, so you are up to date and prepared for the role of leader, check out our Shift to RICHes Toolkit – it includes a Leadership Assessment, Goal Setting Process and Template, A Personal Branding exercise and some RICH Tips, to help you create your leadership style.
Bernadette Boas is the ball of fire behind Ball of Fire Consulting, Ball of Fire Inc. (media/publishing) and her book Shedding the Corporate Bitch, Shifting Bitches to Riches in Life and Business. Bernadette is a speaker, radio personality of Shedding the Bitch Radio, business growth consultant and coach, and the leader of the Shedding the Bitch® movement, transforming individuals, businesses and their company cultures to one of RICHness and profit.