Essay on Leaders Are Born Not Made

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In today's world of corporate Leadership, many seem to share the belief that it is possible to send employees to a series of classes and make them leaders. Well, we are here today to alert everyone that 'Leaders are born, they are not made'! How often have you seen people promoted into a position of leadership, but they lack any of the qualities of a true leader? I am sure that this happens in our homes, churches and other areas of life, but today.
Who is a leader?
By definition, a leader is a person who rules or guides or inspires or influences others. A leader is someone others are willing to follow, almost without question. A person who rules or guides or inspires others. Someone others are willing
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The research, carried out by Dr Carl Senior and an international research team based at Aston University in Birmingham, Institute of Psychiatry in London and the University of Pittsburgh, USA, looked at one of the most powerful leadership styles and the possible genes linked to it.

The style, called transformational leadership, is a social-based style of leadership, in which leaders motivate their team members to reach their maximum potential through charisma, individual consideration and support, and intellectual stimulation.

The team were interested in genes involved in synthesising dopamine - the brain chemical linked to empathy, and serotonin - the brain chemical linked to emotion. They looked at two genes - catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) and the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR). Both of which can occur in three different forms.

Some 115 students completed a leadership questionnaire and had their cheeks swabbed to test their genes. Those with the dopamine-based gene in its most common form had higher scores on scales measuring key transformational leadership characteristics - the social-based style of leadership. Those who did not have this gene did not show this style of leadership.

In a follow-up, the team found that a specific version of the dopamine gene, the inefficient version, was linked to low scores