Are people born as leaders, trained throughout their lives from experiences or mentors, or a combination of both? Is it possible for anyone to become a leader?
I really think it is a combination of both. I also think that leaders are not afraid to throw it out
there. One of the things I learned at a young age was - I was always a shy introvert; I still am a bit -
don't be afraid to throw it on the line, to throw it out there, to see what happens.
I think key leaders aren't afraid of being the person who fails, and they aren't afraid of exposing themselves to others. I think it was one of those things when you're sitting down in college or sitting down in high school, and you had to do group assignments and group work. I always thought that was the worst thing ever because I always became the one who ended up doing all the work. I didn't really trust the others to do the right thing, in order to get the right thing done. But for me, one of the things I learned was just the opposite of that - starting to trust individuals. I think that one's a major key for me, to trust individuals on the teams that you're working with to get the job done. But, in that same sense, you can't be afraid to expose yourself in front of the group as well as to give praise to the people that did really well for your team or for your effort.
What are your thoughts?
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