Are leaders born or made?" It's a question we are asked nearly every time we give a speech or conduct a workshop. Our answer? We've never met a leader who wasn't born! We've also never met an accountant, artist, athlete, engineer, lawyer, physician, writer, or zoologist who wasn't born. We're all born. That's a given. It's what you do with what you have before you die that makes the difference.

Yet, as straightforward as that sounds, not everyone believes it. An insidious myth persists in our technologically advanced world that leadership—and many other abilities, for that matter—is reserved for only a lucky few.

So let's get something straight from the start. Leadership is not preordained. It is not ...

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