Nature vs nurture hot talent topic

by 14 Apr 2009

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.

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