By Neil Adams
Leaders Born or Made - 06 June 2013
This is the most basic and most often-asked question about leadership.
To cut to the chase, the answer is: ‘mostly made.' The best estimates offered by research is that leadership is about one-third born and two-thirds made. The job of leading an organisation, a military unit, or a nation, and doing so effectively, is fantastically complex. To expect that a person would be born with all of the tools needed to lead just doesn't make sense based on what we know about the complexity of social groups and processes.
The fact that leadership is mostly made is good news for those of us who believe that learning and training can make a difference - leaders can indeed be developed. OK, there is some "raw material," some inborn characteristics, that predispose people to be and become leaders but from wherever we start we know that improvement can be built.
Fortunately, there is tremendous interest in leadership and in leader development, and there has lately been a strong emphasis on the importance of self-development for leaders in farming and food industries. Leadership training, commonly associated with large corporate businesses, is often difficult for rural business managers to access. Rurally based and family businesses face special challenges and tight budgets, which can limit the uptake of this type of training. However leadership, vision and strategic planning are equally important for farming and primary food processing businesses as they are for major retailers and corporate organisations they supply. Competent and motivated managers, collaborative working, innovation and knowledge transfer between enterprises are vital to the future success of the land based sector and rural economy.
The Business Leaders Programme
we have launched has been designed to overcome these challenges. The courses are short, focussed and address the core elements of leadership. To read our course prospectus please click here
Neil Adams – Principal Consultant
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