chapter  2
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Traits and Abilities

General Wavell seems to have subscribed to the view that leaders are born not made. The idea that there are natural leaders is deeply ingrained in many people's thinking. It is easy to see why many people responsible for recruitment subscribe to this view, for if it were possible to specify the factors which go to make up the natural leader, then the acquisition of good leadership in organizations and elsewhere would be a matter of screening people. Such an approach was consistent with the emergence of psychological techniques in the 1930s and 1940s, the period during which this approach to the study of leadership was in evidence.