Leaders are made not born

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Publication date: 21 March 2008



The purpose of this paper is to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoints practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


The world's top corporations share a key element in their success: a keen understanding of the value of top‐notch leadership. Until recently the concept of leadership was shrouded in a great deal of mystique, leading to the common perception that somehow, certain individuals were just singled out for leadership. In other words, leaders were born to lead and the trick of effective management was to discover one of these “born leaders” and hire him (for leaders were usually assumed to be men) before the competition did. Fortunately today an enhanced understanding of educational and developmental psychology has helped to unravel many myths and suppositions about leadership. One of these was the spurious idea that while management techniques could be learned through experience and education, leadership could not be taught.

Practical implications

Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to‐digest format.



(2008), "Leaders are made not born", Strategic Direction, Vol. 24 No. 4, pp. 10-13. https://doi.org/10.1108/02580540810860805

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