Nature versus nurture: Not all are born to lead

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/14/2002

When it comes to leadership, you either have it or you don’t. While leadership skills can be developed over time, it may very well be an innate characteristic.

Around one-third of a leader’s success is based on IQ and expertise, the other two-thirds on EQ — the emotional quotient, says Harvey Silver, president of Management Consultants Inc. in Toronto.

“That is their general maturity, how well they establish relationships. Can they coach people to be better than they are? That’s not taught in a MBA program,” he says. It’s like a pilot going to flight school. He got an A+ in almost all his courses then flunks the course on gravity.