Can Leadership Be Learned or Are You Born with It?

People are often promoted to positions of leadership and management in the workplace without having any official training in either. While some rise to the celebration and function well in their new positions, others flounder.

The question is: what can those who do not have natural leadership and management abilities do to prevent failing in their new functions or to recuperate if they’re currently struggling?

Decision makers often presume that an individual who shows proficiency and performs well in their job also is likely to have leadership and management capacity. However, management and leadership require Skill sets that are qualitatively really various to the tasks one carries out in more content driven positions.

As a result, lots of new leaders and managers find themselves in functions for which they are completely unprepared. If they think, as lots of people do, that leadership is a quality one is born with and fear, as numerous new managers do, that they were not, they are most likely to feel both uneasy and daunted by the expectations thrust upon them.

In a lot of cases, they choose to handle these issues by concentrating on the compound of their function and decreasing or avoiding the human and managerial elements completely. It is precisely those Dimentions of their new functions that form the heart and foundation of excellent leadership.

Others never contemplate their managerial design or leaders philosophies at all. They just plow ahead and do things as they please, often while being completely blind to their effect on the very individuals they are expected to inspire.

Fortunately is leadership skills can be improved if one wants to be self-reflective and make efforts to do so. Research studies suggest leadership tends to be just 30 percent genetic. All newly minted managers would be sensible to consider it necessary to refine and hone their leadership abilities.

A recent research study from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign demonstrated that a fifteen week scholastic course was able to significantly enhance the leadership abilities of the participants by utilizing the ‘Ready, Willing and Able’ design (which analyzes whether students are all set to lead, inspired to lead, and efficient in their efforts).

The research study recognized the most crucial factor for effective students as being their ‘Willingness’– how motivated they were to lead in the first place (or for brand-new managers, how motivated they are to get and develop their own leadership abilities).

It is when new managers are not ‘Ready and Willing’ that they are more than likely to stick their heads in the sand and either disregard their function as leaders or presume a ‘stock’ leadership position such as being authoritarian.

Instead, new managers– especially those who feel reluctant about leading– need to acknowledge (to themselves) that they feel unprepared (or unequipped) to presume a leadership role and translate these worries and issues into inspiration to improve their skill set.

The very best location to begin their journey is by carrying out a self-assessment of their strengths and weaknesses.




3 Questions Every New Leader Should Ask Themselves

All leaders but especially new ones ought to ask themselves 3 basic questions:

1. What qualities do good leaders have?

2. Do I have these qualities?

3. How can I acquire or enhance the leadership qualities I lack?

The University of Illinois research study defined leadership as “A specific influencing a group of people toward a typical objective”. With that meaning in mind, brand-new leaders were encouraged to focus on their interactions, relationships, and communication, such that their effect actually moved their teams toward the typical goal.

It is likewise important for brand-new leaders to frame their new functions as a journey of needed corrections and modifications in their interactions and even in their self-identity that happen as they develop their leadership abilities and move to greater competency.

Self-monitoring and self-assessment are essential in these preliminary stages of leadership development and supervisors need to be sincere with themselves about their successes and failures, and view through the prism of ‘influencing individuals toward a common goal’.

The bottom line is that promos to positions of leadership, while celebrated initially, can soon result in failure if one does not take the time to assess their strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and show willingness to alter their technique and boost their knowledge and skill set when essential.