“Leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.”
That’s a quote from Harold Geneen.* He is best known for being CEO of the ITT Corporation during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Geneen says that leadership can be learned. In saying that, he seems to reject the view that leaders are born, not made.
But at the same time, Geneen says that leadership cannot really be taught.
There are a lot of people out there who might disagree. Heck, there’s a whole industry – academic and commercial – built around teaching leadership!
Thought provoking, no?
Can something be learned but not taught?
Can leadership be taught?
Those are two good questions.
Adding to them, from my perspective, is a third good question:
Can servant leadership be taught?
Wow, I need to think about these questions a bit more. I’ll get back to you as soon as I do. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, what do you think? Can leadership – and especially can servant leadership – be taught?
Let us know.
As always, we appreciate your views.
Joe – firstname.lastname@example.org
* The quote is from Geneen’s book, Managing (New York: Doubleday 1984) at 99.
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