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Effective Leaders: Born or Made?

Discuss and support your position on whether leaders are born or made using current research. This discussion includes the following aspects:

1. A brief definition of leadership.
2. How leaders are identified.
3. How leadership skills develop.

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Welcome warmly to BM! Please rate 5/5 for my 1200 words of ideas and references to stimulate your draft. These notes are not intended for handing in as they are. You can use them to format your own paper.

First of all, as you briefly define leadership, I deem leaders as moral and ethical coaches, cheerleaders, and visionaries; they are the inspirational people lead others through clear actions, goal fulfillment and encouraging words. Leaders possess proactive, goal-oriented, collaborative approaches. They often exude an X factor, a charismatic and active personality that encourages people to work together, think creatively and critically, and promote innovations and solutions for success.

One article offers more definitions for you to infuse:

Burns, G., & Martin, B. N. (2010). Examination of the Effectiveness of Male and Female Educational Leaders Who Made Use of the Invitational Leadership Style of Leadership. Journal Of Invitational Theory & Practice, 1629-55.

The authors clearly report that leaders embody "...the necessary knowledge to achieve a goal and leaders who can manage amid the uncertainty of nonstop change." They also show a pervasive "ethic of caring."

Again, they are goal setters, morale boosters, and team builders. The authors also reveal that leaders "establish an environment where workers are able to achieve their goals and potential while participating in the shared vision and mission of the group." By creating positive physical places to work and implementing policies "that reflect the optimism of the leader and lead to trust and respect among workers," leaders unite people and ignite change.

In short, leaders embrace these basic assumptions: optimism, respect, trust, and intentionality. In terms of optimism, leaders are hopeful that people can succeed and have "...untapped potential for growth and development." They also exhibit respect for all workers as well as trust and high expectations.

Similar to goals, leaders show clear intentions; they act purposely to achieve benchmarks or objectives within a company or organization overall.

As you then assume a position on whether leaders are born or made and defend that position, here is a possible thesis:

Leaders are made as they are strongly cultivated through acquired experiences, learned resiliency, developing trust, as well as by ...

Solution Summary

1200 words of references and notes validate definitions, development criteria, and qualities of an effective leader.