Are leaders born or made?


Are leaders born or made?

Answered By: Emily Thornton
Last Updated: Sep 06, 2018     Views: 6


To answer this question, you have to understand development. Then you can think critically about the topic and come to a conclusion, even if the resources don't specifically tell you.

Link to and search the library catalog, in the middle of the page. Start with leadership development. When the results load, use the left-side toolbar to narrow the search to full text. Because this is a question about a theory - the theories of leadership development - there's no need to limit your results by date. Some good theories go way back! You will see ebooks listed first, like

  • Avolio, B. (2005). Leadership development in balance : Made/born. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Click the View eBook button to get to the table of contents, where you can click into the relevant chapters.

If you also need articles, return to the left-side toolbar and click peer-reviewed. Change the search to leadership development AND born. Because articles are less about theory and more about application, limit the dates to the last 5 years. This will provide lots of good results including

  • Pandya, T., Dirks, R., & Kwok, A. (2017). Leaders are made, not born: A leadership development curriculum for general surgery residents. Journal of the American College of Surgeons: Supplement 2, 225(4), 155. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2017.07.945
  • Brotherton, P. (2013). Leadership: Nature or nurture? T D, 67(2), 25-25.

Enjoy your research on this interesting topic!

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