Can everyone be a leader?
Is the capacity hardwired into every person? ...or only some?
The older I get, the more I tend to think leadership is unique to some people, and not all people possess it... It stands to reason that leadership potential exists on a spectrum, (it's not an off/on thing) but there it is, some people have more, others less.
Of course, we need to define a few things. First, leadership itself can be largely defined by influence and responsibility. Leaders wield influence, and leaders take responsibility. My daughter is naturally a leader; she often tells me what to do. ;-)
Which brings up a second caveat: leadership is not inherently more valuable than other skills. Leadership must be exercised in a healthy way, and in a healthy direction. Hitler and Mother Teresa were both leaders. Leaders can lead people as servants or as lords, they can lead people to heaven or to hell.
A friend of mine today talked about the difference between leading people in terms of 'arts and crafts.' Leading someone in a craft means we begin with a common vision of what we will create; with the end in mind. Leading someone in art means we begin with a common set of materials and inspirations; with the end up in the air.
Another friend added to this, the second approach is less like giving building something, and more like planting a seed and waiting to see what will grow out of it. It requires patience and faith...
I'm waiting to explore this with them further...