Leadership is a waste of time for those who
don’t have the potential, according to Peter
Zarris (right) IGCP National Convenor and
CEO of Opic Consulting.
In a recent debate hosted by consultants
Insight & Influence in Sydney, Zarris argued
that leadership development starts with as
sessing participants’ leadership potential using
personality and aptitude tests and that not
everybody can be a leader.
“Not everyone deserves or will benefit from
leadership development,” he said. “It should
be reserved for a select few who can show that
they have what it takes to be a leader.”
However, Randal Tame, CEO of Insight &
Influence, believes too much leadership de
velopment follows the 19th Century’s “great
man” approach which suggests that leaders
have special personal qualities which set them
apart from their followers.
Tame, who debated against Zarris on the
topic “Natural born leader v the developed
leader” held that research instead shows that
leadership is a group-based phenomena and
that anyone can be a leader.