CHAPTER 4Leadership Cross-Training

The Revolutionary Approach to Developing Leadership Skills

Can Leadership Skills Be Acquired?

Nearly every discipline has its areas of disagreement and conflict. In the world of leadership development, one of the most deep-rooted conflicts occurs between two groups: those who believe that leadership is the result of talents that only some people possess and those who believe that leadership skills can be acquired. We have observed that even among the first group—those who emphasize the importance of talents—there are shades of opinion. Some believe these talents are largely genetically determined. Even more believe that such talents are largely in place by the time a person finishes the teenage years; they seem ...

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