Guest Post by @DrJackKing: Are Leaders Born or Made?

April 6, 2011

by Dr. Jack King

Dr. Jack King is Founder and President of the NorthFork Center for Servant Leadership. NorthFork is a nonprofit organization fervently committed to introduce a new generation to the power of servant leadership. The NorthFork website is here.

Softly Awakes My Heart, Marian Anderson
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What is Leadership?

Leadership is not a thing. It is not a process. Nor is it a position (or positional authority).

Leadership is not self-seeking, or self-serving. I’m not suggesting it ‘shouldn’t be;’ I’m saying it cannot be these things.

For example, Hitler used strife in Europe after WWI to further his own goal of seizing power. Do we say Hitler was among the worst leaders of all time, or do we say Hitler was no leader at all?

I know some would say he was a great leader, but for all the wrong reasons. Read the rest of this entry »

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