chapter  2
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Born or made? Dilemmas of destiny and development

The leadership dilemmas examined in this chapter are those which arise from the familiar

question ‘Are leaders born or made?’ After studying the chapter you will see how different

perspectives on the question offer different answers, drawing on differing beliefs or maps

about the nature of leadership. One map draws on assumptions about the characteristics of

the natural or predestined leader. The other assumes that leadership skills can be instilled

and nurtured, the so-called developmental position. We will see that these ideas relate to

the broader issues of nature versus nurture in human behaviours.