By Mike Lerario Published Feb. 22, 2017 11:00 a.m.
“Are Great Leaders Born or Made? […]
Great leaders are born, but only because we were all born; born with different traits, characteristics and abilities. But not everyone uses their talents to the best effect. We all know talented people who for one reason or another never reach their full potential. It might be that they lacked the drive to succeed or that they lacked a good coach to help them hone their innate skills.
An athlete with slightly above average skill can compensate with hard work and determination to become a great player. Some call this Grit (the Cleveland Indians have even turned it into an acronym: Growth mindset, Routine, Individual mechanics, Team first approach) but there is no doubt that we can all become better, even elite, if we put in the work. Therefore, great leaders are born AND made.”
About Mike Lerario | Mike Lerario was commissioned as an infantry officer in the United States Army in 1983 following graduation from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and served twenty-three years on active duty. In his book Leadership in Balance, he explains all four of the essential leadership domains in greater detail. He wrote it primarily to help emerging and talented leaders become more effective by providing them with a simple but comprehensive approach to leadership. That said, the model of understanding your natural tendencies, recognizing imbalances in your situation and taking the effort to be the fulcrum® can help anyone who aspires to be a great leader.http://www.bethefulcrum.com/