Born to Lead:
Your Innate Leadership Abilities

Innate-Leadership-AbilitiesSome people were born to lead. Their character lends itself to many of the behaviors expected of good leaders. Over the course of their lifetime, they have been told they are natural born leaders, displaying innate leadership abilities. But is that enough to successful lead an organization to greatness?

The debate whether leaders are born or made has been waged for many years. Dr. Connson Chou Locke, in her Harvard Business Review article, Asking Whether Leaders Are Born or Made Is The Wrong Question, explains that inborn skills, which are mostly revealed in a leader’s personality, lend themselves to a leader’s emergence. These are the qualities that present a person as eligible for leadership and place their name in leadership discussions. On the other hand, developed skills are mostly revealed in a leader’s decisions, and facilitate their career’s effectiveness.

Would you agree?

Let’s consider four, typically innate leadership abilities:

Intelligence: People with high logical and creative intelligence have a distinct advantage in the complex, fast-paced business world. Having good social intelligence, or people skills, is an extra bonus, since many of the challenges in leadership require effectively dealing with people.

Extraversion: People who are naturally outgoing draw followers. Boldness and assertiveness are greater qualities yet, sought for leadership because of the demands of the role.

Decisiveness: Drawing sound conclusions from natural confidence and insight helps a leader be decisive. This is a natural quality vital for running an organization with timely and effective direction.

Handling stress: If you are naturally even keeled and have a high threshold for stress, your leadership will weather storms that other leaders can’t survive. This affords leaders high levels of trust from their people.

What do you think? What innate leadership abilities describe you? What would you add to this list? I’d love to hear from you. You can call me at 704-827-4474; let’s talk. And as always, I can be reached here or on LinkedIn.

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