In my summer school class, my group has been assigned a group project of researching whether leadership traits and behaviors are instilled in someone at birth, or if the traits and behaviors are something that can be taught in class/training sessions.
I have always been fascinated by Nature vs. Nurture – I have my personal opinions but I am always amazed at how typical scenarios in life play out. For example, I have similar behaviors as my parents, but I personally believe that on a larger scale I am much different than both my mom and dad.
I am very analytical and love puzzle problems.
I can be emotional at times.
I am easily stressed, but I am stress-powered (give me stress, I’ll get sh*t done).
My mom is an easy-going, earth loving, always happy hippie.
My dad is a total Type-A-can-never-be-bored social butterfly.
I am neither of these! Keep in mind – I was adopted. I like to believe my personality traits can be found somewhere between my biological mother and biological father – somewhere out there (beneath the pale moonlight, of course).
However, what I did receive from both of my parents are my values which drive my attitude. I believe in working hard to earn success. I believe in returning something borrowed in better condition than you received it (ie: don’t return a car on an empty tank of gas). I think money management is vital. Smile as often as you can. And be a great friend/family member.
With all of that being said, at the end of this summer session I hope to have developed a more thorough and researched opinion of whether leadership qualities are something we can learn and study and develop, or if these qualities are genetic.