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Last week, I shared that I’ve been listening to Dan Carter’s book ‘The Art of Winning: Ten Lessons in Leadership, Purpose and Potential’ on my walks. One chapter, in particular, struck a chord with me: ‘Why Great Leaders Are Made, Not Born.’

Carter’s insights on this topic completely resonated with my own experiences in our business, where we ‘make’ successful Middle Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders by training them in the five essential skills of leadership. Carter recognised that he was not a ‘born leader’ and that he needed to learn the skills, and he did so! His emphasis on the development and continuous growth of leadership skills echoes what we witness every day.

The transformation we see in our clients is a testament to this. Individuals who felt like imposters, who struggled with the concept of leading a team, have blossomed into effective and confident managers.

It is incredibly rewarding and inspiring to witness this transformation. People who once doubted their leadership abilities start to take charge, make impactful decisions, and guide their teams with confidence and empathy.

Of course, this journey of growth isn’t always straightforward. It requires a growth mindset, a willingness to step out of your comfort zone, patience and perseverance. It takes intentional learning i.e. seeking coaching, training or mentoring in order to fast-track filling the ‘gaps’ in your leadership skillset. The outcomes are invariably worth it! In fact, watching someone grow into a role they once thought was beyond their reach is one of the most gratifying aspects of my work.

To anyone doubting their leadership potential, remember: great leaders are made, not born. Your journey to successful leadership won’t be easy, but it is certainly possible. With the right mindset and determination, you can master the leadership skillset and become the leader you never thought you could be. Go for it!