Leadership…Training or Talent?
I believe there is a difference between managers and leaders. Managers help drive the business to reach results in a status quo way. Leaders help drive change in the business. Leaders pull the business forward to new levels. Both are needed in a company. Leaders don’t necessarily have to be in management positions.
With that being said I do believe that there are certain positions in an organization that the manager must also be a leader. Most of these positions are at higher levels of the organization. Without leaders at higher levels driving change, the company will not grow or move forward the way that it might need to in order to survive.
So, is the ability to lead effectively a talent or is it something that can be taught?
I believe that leadership is a talent. It is something that a person has the natural ability to do. Can they person get some training and education on how to be a more effective leader? Sure they can.
Can a person who doesn’t have a talent to lead learn some leadership skills? Yes. But, this is more of a stop gap because they are in a role that requires them to be more of a leader. Leading still won’t come easy to them, therefore people will have a hard time following. I have seen people follow a manager trying to lead just because of the respect for the position and not the person leading them. In every case, I have never seen this workout to a good result.
True leadership, getting people to change their minds and direction is a talent that can be enhanced and fine-tuned through training. When leading people want to follow and go where the leader is taking them.
What do you think? Is true leadership a talent or can it be trained?