Are leaders born or made? Perspectives from the executive suite

By Bill Gentry, Jennifer Deal, Sarah Stawiski, & Marian Ruderman
Center for Creative Leadership


Our beliefs on how people become leaders affect how we evaluate their leadership potential. C-level executives who responded to a Center for Creative Leadership study were decidedly mixed in their views on whether leaders are born or made.


Gentry, B., Deal, J., Stawiski, S., & Ruderman, M. (2012). Are Leaders Born or Made? Perspectives from the Executive Suite [White paper]. Center for Creative Leadership.

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