Humans are born each with a set of talents and abilities unique to others. Some could do well with music; some with academics; some with an innate ability to get along well with other people. Whatever the abilities are, one thing is sure: we are never born without them.
This is how God had designed us.
In answer to this fact, of course, there can be no denying that leadership ability is one of them. There are some people who are just naturally “born” with the air of authority and “stubbornness” a typical leader possesses. Take children for example. Studies had shown: children who are “hard to rein in” or more appropriately: strong willed, are most likely to be leaders in the future.
Though this raises the question of: how about the “milder” ones? If they were born opposite from the strong-willed ones, are they bound to be followers their whole lives?
This is where I would like to point out my stand regarding the widely disputed question (and I believe this would go along with the majority). Though born with unique attributes, we all nevertheless had been given equal chances in life. In simple words: if others can do it, then so can I.
With respect to leadership issues, though it is helpful to have the ability, the learning and training are arguably more important because there is no shortcut in anything. When we say “leaders are made” it only means that a process is being undertaken in order to become effective. Everything we do is a process, not essentially of leadership, but a process to learn new things.
How do I say so?
The famous speaker and Christian author, John Maxwell, has published in his book 21 laws that would define leadership. Though some could be interpreted as a law possessed by inborn leaders, there are some laws which would reinforce my stand.
The first one is the 7th law:
THE LAW OF RESPECT
People naturally follow those stronger than themselves. Even natural leaders tend to fall in behind those who they sense have higher “leadership quotient” than themselves.
Respect is defined as:
We cannot give what we do not have. And this is the reason why I chose this law. Respect is something that we pick up on the way. And if we adapt this character, it’s more likely that people would see us in a good light too. Respect is not something people are born with. It’s something that we LEARN.
If not, then let me show my second proof: 21st law:
THE LAW OF LEGACY
A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession. “Leadership is the one thing you can’t delegate. You either exercise it – or abdicate it.”
Legacy. Big word!
Legacy is known as something we leave behind. No, not material things, but something more imprinting – an attitude, a character BUILT OF TIME. Building a legacy is not something done overnight. it is something that is only given when the person had learnt enough things – satisfying enough to be passed down to the next successors.
And to further drive my point, I present to you, the 3rd law:
THE LAW OF PROCESS
From the title of the law itself, it seemed that I don’t need to say anything more.
It states that:
Leadership is learned over time. And it can be learned. People skills, emotional strength, vision, momentum and timing are all areas that can and should be learned. Leaders are always learners.
While it may be important to have the innate abilities in leadership, certainly nothing could be greater than learning. While a leader is sort of born with the ability, it is with no doubt that leaders are ALWAYS made. All things can be learned, and with this comes leadership. Don’t hesitate to put yourself to the test because it’s not wrong to pursue this character. After all, leadership is God’s will for all of us. =)
Deuteronomy 8: 13
“The LORD will make you the head, not the tail.”