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What is leadership? The FBI’s take on it

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Heed the words of David Corderman, chief of the FBI’s Leadership Development Institute:

“Leaders are born and made.”

“Clearly, some people have natural abilities, such as good communication skills, compassion and decisiveness,” says Corderman. “However, effective leadership entails such a wide variety of behaviors and skills across an extensive array of circumstances that no one person could possibly be born with all of the qualities necessary to serve in that capacity for all situations.

“Thus, effective leadership necessarily involves some degree of acquired learning … in most cases, a very substantial degree.

“Leadership effectiveness is a lifetime pursuit necessarily dedicated to self-awareness and reflection, critical thinking and action,” says Corderman. “It is a multifaceted endeavor that touches everyone everywhere.”

—Adapted from “What Is Leadership?” David S. Corderman, The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.

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