Is Leaders Born or are they made in Business Schools?

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Ranjan Raj said:   9 years ago
Hello friends, My name is Ranjan Raj and I am from IFEEL.

According to my thought leadership is an inborn quality. Everyone is born with this quality, but it depends on you when you realise this quality and when you show it. It can start with an incident or situation. I would like to give an example of a great leader and freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi who is also known as the father of our nation. He realised this quality after an incident happened during a train journey where he was thrown out of the train and he was told that "You are a black person and you could not travel in first class". He saw a vision of independent India. He took initiatives, and came in the battleground of freedom.

Again, I would like to express my thought with the example of sword. A sword without its sharpness is not useful in battle it becomes an effective tools after going under process of sharpening, and it pays deep contribution in the victory. In the same way without sharpening this quality it is worthless, it can be sharpen by society, family, friends etc. And the education. B-schools only does a role of sharpening process.

Shridhar kalia said:   6 years ago
Hi guys.

In my opinion, I believe that everyone exists on this planet are born, including leaders also, but leaders are made with their skills, practice, experience, perception, personality and training.

Everyone born with some qualities but it depends on the individual that when he realises his qualities and how he shows it. It can start with an incident or a situation.

I can take the example of the great freedom fighter BHAGAT SINGH. At the age of 13, he joined Gandhiji in his non-cooperation movement. But he was very disappointed when Gandhi abandoned this movement. This incident leaves a great impact on bhagat's mind or we can say it is the turning point of the life of Bhagat Singh. From there he realises he leadership qualities.

One of the great examples of his leadership was, he was the founder of HSRA i.e. HINDUSTAN SOCIALIST REPUBLIC ASSOCIATION.

So, the leaders are not exactly born, they are made with time.


Shreya said:   7 years ago
None of us are born with any skills or talents. We come in this world with no previous knowledge about life or wisdom about circumstances. Skills could be dancing, singing, painting are honed as we grow up. It depends on one's interests, surroundings, and resources that one is exposed to. Leadership is a skill which is developed over years of observation, experiences and learning. Believe me or not, there is a leader in each one of us. A business school doesn't teach us how to be a leader, it tells us how to find and expose the hidden leader in us.

Leadership is not something anybody is born with, it is just an amalgamation of the lessons learnt in life, taking the shape of a skill.

Brijesh chandel said:   1 decade ago
I acknowledge the facts leaders are born. Leadership is an inborn quality and parents, society, culture as well as education helps to polish their skills. There are many persons who are born with leadership qualities to some extent but leadership skills needs to be polished and nurtured in order to bring leadership skills to a reasonable level of competency. Leaders are not made in management institution, indeed these institutes helps us to polish our skills and develope instincts to lead the people.

M.V.KRISHNA/Palvoncha said:   10 years ago
Dear All,

Leaders are NOT born. They are NOT made in Business schools.


The various challenges they face from various elements will leads to a person to take initiation to give a solution for the challenges. The initiator will be the LEADER.

To become a good Leader:

1. The individual should have strong desire to become a leader.

2. They should have mental ability and Physical capability to take right decisions at right time and to implement them accordingly.

3. The Leader should be aware about the past, should know about present and should be able to predict the future.

4. They should treat everyone equally without partiality.

5. Leaders should not wait for an opportunity, they should create an opportunity.

A true leader is one among ordinary people.

Suraj said:   8 years ago
I think that leadership qualities come from the actions that a person take depending upon different situations faced. Everybody has leadership quality, but it depends upon the person how he/she uses it in daily life.

For example there is always a friend who decides where to go for the trip or responsible for booking the cab at lowest price. Whenever a project is given a college, there is always a person who takes the responsibility of dividing the work.

So all these situations show that leadership quality cannot be developed by studying about it, but it is ongoing process and it can be developed by taking the responsibility.

Arvind Balodhi said:   1 decade ago
I agree that the leader we had in the past or present are not from any business schools but we must understand that the leadership quality they are having is the result of the situtation or circumstances faced by them. And the same thing is done by the business schools, they are giving the their students virtual situations to act so that the Leadership qulitiy or power a student (or anyone) is already having which is hidden inside can come out.

Everyone can't be a leader because everyone is not facing the same situations. The circumstances of everyone is different. For example carbon is same but from the same carbon we have two allortopes diamond and grahite. As diamond get strong pressure and heat it is diamond and if graphite also suffered that heat and pressure it could also be diamond.

A person come with all the positives and negatives with him, it is the circumstances which make the persons mind to respond. If he responded positively he can be diamond and if negativly a graphite.


There must be followers else who will value leaders.
Leaders are leaders because there are followers, if all will be leaders then we can't get the conclusion.

Mahendra Choudhary said:   10 years ago
Hello everyone. My view over the this topic is leaders are both born and are created. I would like to give you an example of born leader, Dhirubhai Ambani. He was not a B school graduate but still he was a successful leader.

Leaders are created by society and the success and failures in one's life make him think differently which helps him to shape his leadership skills making him successful. Example to this is Warren Buffett.

I would to conclude by saying that, if you want to walk fast you walk alone but, if you want to walk far you walk in a team. This defines leadership.

Rahul Jain said:   1 decade ago
Every one in this world has an inherent quality of leadership.. but this can only be identified by interacting with society which includes our family, friends, etc.. and hence by identifying it someone opt for b-school's to upgrade this leadership quality.

also the leaders have some vision in mind with the cherry on the cake i.e. followers to lead and hence that leader would use its influential skills to convince its people to become follower.

also the leaders like civil activist Anna Hazare which is not a B-school pass out but than too he leaded a big number of people..

also adding to same point the worlds biggest innovator Late Mr. Steve Jobs, dropped out of college.... so he did not got to any B-school.... but than too proved to be one of the biggest leader in the world..

hence my stand would be that leaders are even born but are also made at B-school hence it is a biased stand from my side

RAMBABU ravada said:   8 years ago
"Are leaders born or made" this question likes as "which came first chicken or egg" I believe every one born [including leaders also] but leaders are made with their skills, practice, experience, perception, personality, training, mentoring.

The leadership quality also start with any incident happening in their life that is the turning point to become a leader for example: Babasaheb Ambedkar is untouchable person in his childhood that time society to see in this manner but "HE TOUGHING NO. OF HEARTS IN ENTIRE INDIA"and become a great leader, succeeded to produce constitutional India.

I has mentioned here "leaders should not wait for opportunity and always choose for create an opportunity".

Those people are treat everyone with "equality without partiality".

Thank you.

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