Are leaders born, or are they made? How is leadership taught? How is it learned? In this paper, Warren Craycroft takes a look at the study of leadership and compares the approaches of two leadership scholars, Warren Bennis and John Gardner, as they wrestle with these and other leadership questions.
What this is
As managers and team leaders we are often encouraged to "develop our leadership skills." A more fluid target is hard to imagine -- what does it really take to be a leader? This paper attempts to distill some of the excellent (and lengthy) resources on the subject of leadership, to create a working definition of leadership and its characteristics, along with guidance for developing leadership skills.
Why it's useful
Leadership, like art, is hard to define, but we know it when we see it. This paper doesn't attempt to create a hard and fast list of leadership requirements. Instead, it focuses on leadership as a self-education activity, " learning about yourself and recognizing leadership qualities within yourself." By learning to recognize leadership, we can begin to understand how people become leaders and how to put ourselves on the same path, because it is possible to learn this defining career skill.
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