Can Leadership Skills be Taught and Learned?

Yes, leadership skills can be taught and learned. Leaders are not a different breed of people. They are not born to lead but prepared to lead. These individuals are motivated to climb the ladder in their organizations and interested in learning emerging leadership skills to be successful leaders.

Everyone possesses basic leadership skills but may not have specific skills needed to lead a particular group, department, division, organization, business, or industry. World history shows many examples of leaders and leadership skills and styles in early civilizations and the success and failure of various leadership styles. The Seven Wonders of the World (for example Taj Mahal in India) are a good example of successful leadership in project management because these leaders were able to lead thousands of workers over decades to complete the projects that the world still admires. The history also shows that leadership skills can be taught and learn.Leadership skills and styles are learned under the umbrella of a culture and the learning process starts as the children are growing up. In a family, the father and mother (parents) are leaders. The children learn the basic skills of leadership from their parents and build their leadership styles when they form their own family units. I like to learn through observing family, friends, and coworkers. I have observed my grandchildren growing up, whenever the eldest grandchild was asked by her parents to watch her sibling, she was ready to take the leadership role in the group. She often used her learned skills from her mother to protect her siblings and make them behave properly. This is an excellent example of how we learned leadership skills at an early age. The children learn the basic skills of leadership while they are growing up and the parents improve their skills while managing and leading the family. We also learn leadership skills and styles from social groups, public sector organizations, educational institutions, and religious organizations. These learned skills become the foundation of an individual’s leadership style in the workplace.

The first step in becoming a successful leader is recognizing that leadership skills and styles are learned before entering an organization. Second, prepare to unlearn leadership skills and styles that are inappropriate, and learn the leadership skills and styles that are appropriate for your chosen business and industry. Third, focus on the four pillars (4C’s) of leadership to build a good foundation for an emerging leadership style.
1. Culture
2. Character
3. Charisma
4. Communication
Do you think the four pillars of leadership are important for building a good foundation for a successful leadership style?

© 2014 Mohammed R. Ahmed
Ahmed, M.R. (2014). Can Leadership Skills be Taught and Learned?
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