Is leadership inherent or trainable? Both. You are born with characteristics that reside deep inside you: drive, an ability to influence and motivate, perseverance. But you have to develop those qualities through actual leadership experiences. A key quality is adaptability--facing unexpected obstacles, falling short of goals, reading the context, and changing your approach. Absent that, leaders will continue to repeat mistakes and will not grow and develop. That leads me to the essence of the question "Why is it so hard to lead yourself?" The answer, in my experience, lies in the differences between your idealized self--how you see yourself and how you want to be seen--and your real self. The key to growing as a leader is to narrow that gap by developing a deep self-awareness that comes from straight feedback and honest exploration of yourself, followed by a concerted effort to make changes.
Source: quoted in Fast Company, April 2007 - Bill George is the former CEO of Medtronics, Inc.
Contributed by: Laurie