Supervisory Leadership

Site Map About Wally Bock Media Center Speeches & Training
Home Page
Book Reviews
Got a Question or Comment?
Wally Bock Answers Your
Supervisory Leadership Question

Are leaders born or made?

The answer is both.

There are some things that folks have pretty well fixed when they emerge from adolesence. We can improve these to some extent, but we can't train them into a person. They include the willingness to make decisions, enough intelligence and stamina, and decent people skills.

On the other hand, there are several skill sets that leaders, anyone responsible for the performance of a group, need to master. They include accomplishing today's mission through the group, assuring that tomorrow's mission can be accomplished, handling critical incidents, creating a great working environment, and making small course corrections.


You may reprint or repost this article providing that the following conditions are met:

  • The article remains essentially unaltered.
  • Wally Bock is shown as the author.
  • The notice Copyright 2005 by Wally Bock or similar appears on the article.
  • Contact information for Wally is included with the article. You may refer readers to this Web site as a way to meet this requirement, or use the information on our contact page.

Any other reprinting or reposting requires specific permission which is almost always granted. Click here to request permission if necessary.


Got a supervisory leadership question for Wally? He'll answer as many questions as his workload permits and put the ones with most universal interest on this site. By asking your question you agree that it may appear here at some future time. Your name and affiliation will not be used on the site in conjunction with your question.

To ask Wally a supervisory leadership question, click here to go to our question form.


© 2005 Wally Bock. Click for Contact Information.