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Leadership  is  action,  not  position….Donald  H.  MacGannon  

Vol.  III,  No.  33,  28  August  2015  

Leaders: Born or Made / By Chance or Choice
The  word  “Leadership”  has  its  own  glamour  in  present  dynamic  world.    There  are  many  articles,  papers,  
write-­‐ups,  and  theories  available  regarding  leadership  across  the  segments.    Interestingly,  leadership  is  
very  important  in  built  characteristic  of  each  and  every  human  being.  Each  one  of  us  is  a  leader.  However,  
the  landscape  can  be  different  but  leadership  &  its  essence  stand  same.    
 
How  this  whole  thing  takes  a  shape?    
 
Leaders  are  born:  There  are  people  who  have  some  in  built  attitude  &  blessed  environment  to  lead  and  
grow  right  from  the  beginning.    Such  leaders  are  shiny,  lighthearted,  bold,  risk  takers,  exposed,  advanced,  
unbiased  and  essentially  have  larger  landscape.  
 
Leader  are  Made:-­‐  There  are  people  who  rise  from  the  bottom  and  emerge  as  “Leaders”.  They  value  each  
step  of  their  ladder.  Such  leaders  are  calculative,  value  based,  emotional,  careful,  connected,  God  fearing,  
hardworking  and  people  driven.  They  create  larger  landscape  for  themselves.  
 
Leaders  by  Chance:-­‐  There  are  people  who  believe  in  taking  chances    to  build  place  for  themselves.    Such  
leaders  are  hard  taskmasters,  opportunists,  greedy,  daring,  derive  value,  success  driven  and  biased.  No  
landscape  is  sufficient  for  them.  They  need  larger  and  larger  space  always.  
 
Leaders  by  Choice:  -­‐  There  are  people  who  choose  to  lead.  Higher  aims  and  values  drive  them  to  their  
landscape.  Such  leaders  are  large  hearted,  grounded,  real,  contributors,  national/society  builders,  value  
human  resource,  generate  wealth  &  values  and  philanthropist.    No  any  kind  of  landscape  can  represent  
the  frequency  of  their  leadership.  They  are  beyond  boundaries.  
 
Now,  as  mentioned  earlier,  each  one  of  us  is  a  leader.  Just  think  of  your  leadership  landscape.  It  can  be  
limited  to  your  family,  friend  circle,  peers,  society,  nation  &  so  on.    A  deeper  analysis  would  also  reveal  
that  there  is  a  little  of  all  this  in  a  leader,  when  viewed  in  a  specific  context.  Especially  as  one  progresses  in  
life  from  one  organization  and  position  to  another,  change  is  visible.  But  in  a  stand-­‐alone  mode,  all  
characteristics  are  very  visible  under  these  four  conditions.    
 
To  me,  we  all  are  born  to  lead  because  bare  minimum  we  lead  our  lives!  
 
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Written  by:  -­‐    Dr.  Sandhir  Sharma  

 
 
 

   
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