Natural Born Leaders?

Natural Born Leaders or are they Built?

This statement holds so true in the world of Remote Medicine. In times of chaos our staff must be a leader to accomplish the common goal of keeping people safe and obtaining a positive outcome for everyone. No one person can do everything, therefore, we cannot demand, we must conduct and lead people to a successful operation.

So the Question becomes are there Natural Born Leaders?

Are people natural born leaders, or is this something that can be taught over time through instruction, coursework, or emulating others? According to James G. Clawson in his 2013 article “Is Leadership Born or Built?” he states, “Leadership is about managing energy, first in yourself and then in those around you. What this definition implies is that unless you are deeply committed to an outcome that others can engage in and understand, no amount of teaching will make you a leader.”

On the other hand, Nigel Nicholson of the London Business School suggests in his book “Executive Instinct” that there may be a leadership gene-that some people are just driven to be in charge.

I guess there is no scientific answer to this question, but I can look back on my life and think of people who were wonderful leaders and others that could have taken some advise. In the end, I want people to look back and think that guy was a true leader and that I was able to help people conduct the operation.

By Jason McLaughlin, B.S., NRP, MICP

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