Are You A Leader?


Anyone can be a leader. You just need to know what kind.

Go to the book section of Amazon.com, and enter the keyword “leadership.” The last time we checked, there were over 65,000 results!

Why is there so much material on this one subject? The law of supply and demand would say it is because people are buying it. But we suspect there are other, more subtle reasons.

One of those reasons is the underlying belief that leadership can be taught. With enough training, anybody can be a leader. The thesis is that leaders are made, not born. Or are they?

The answer is both.

We're often confused about what can and cannot be taught. At the heart of it is recognizing the difference between talent and skill.

Talent is what we do well naturally. It's our bent. Talents are inborn, and can be discovered and developed. They cannot be taught.

However, skills can be taught. Skills are simply how to do something. They are learned and transferable. 

What does this have to do with developing leaders? Everything.

For example, the ability to create vision and strategy is a key leadership trait. Some people have a talent for it. They do it naturally and continually. Others don’t. Both can learn some skills that will help them do it better. The difference is that the one with the corresponding talent can be excellent at it, while the other one can be adequate at best. Talent is required for excellence. What would you rather have or be: a leader who's just "okay" or one who's excellent?

Here’s the bottom line for developing your leadership potential: become the leader you are designed to be. Discover your natural motivational talents, and build on them. Volunteer for assignments and training that complement your natural gifts. Get on the track to excellence by aligning your learning and development with your talents.

There are all types of leaders. Some rouse and inspire. Some organize. Some are strategic, and some tactical. Some spot opportunities, and some protect against disaster. All are needed in this world.

What type of leader are you destined to be? Find out by taking the MAPP career test. And then find out which of 900 careers you are best suited for by upgrading to a MAPP report.