Larry Cipolla
October 18, 2013

Nature or nurture.

It's an argument that is often as controversial as deciding whether the chicken or the egg came first. In the business world, it can still be a hotly debated topic. For example, are great leaders born, or are they made?

In truth, it is a little of both, but just because you don't innately have certain habits, it does not mean that you will fail as a leader. Individuals of all personality types—introverted and extroverted—and from varied background can find management success. Often, it is just a matter of the leader understanding how he or she is viewed by the employees. From there, the necessary steps can be taken to instill positive behavior change.

An Entrepreneur article cited a study that found if your biological parents held leadership positions, you have a 24 percent better chance of inheriting a predisposition to do the same. Angelo Kinicki, a professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, added to that idea, saying that traits can be improved with environment and training.

However, it is not a matter of improving your traits. Rather, managers must understand how they are viewed as leaders. With leadership assessments from CCi Surveys International, organizations can create individualized action plans for everyone in a leadership position.

Perhaps a manager doesn't realize that he or she comes across as cold or distant. But, with well-rounded feedback, and a chance to work with his or her own supervisor, a fine-tuned approach can be taken that builds off of that leader's strengths while still assisting in other areas.

Great leaders can be born or made, and with 360 degree feedback, the entire organization will be able to thrive.

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