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Leadership: Is it for You?

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Do what you feel in your heart to be correct, for you’ll be criticized anyway. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Leadership is something that is a good part of society. In any good community, someone must stand up and take charge. We know leadership is essential, but does that mean everyone is a leader? The fact is that some individuals are not made to be leaders. They are followers. And just as important in society as leaders are followers. So, where do you lie? Are you going to play leadership roles in your life? 

For people, the instinct to take those leadership roles comes. It is just something that happens. They step up to the plate when needed. They respond first in class. They take charge of the baseball game on the playground. They step up to the plate on the job. While you cannot be first in every case, individuals with leadership skills will often be seen and heard throughout their lives. 

But not all leaders are born with this talent. Others must learn it. People with an ambition to be a leader can do so by taking classes and studying the necessary skills necessary to be a leader. While this may sound simple, learning can be quite a task. Teaching a person to react in a poorly planned situation is challenging. 

Because leaders are decided by their actions, we often see that leadership roles are filled with individuals who put themselves out there to be chosen. But this is not always the case. In cases of emergency, leaders are those that take charge long before anyone else reacts. These individuals will have a cool head about themselves and be able to see the necessary work ahead while others are worrying, panicking, or simply in shock. These are the true leaders in our society.

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