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Not born a leader What makes a person a leader How do we acquire such traits Leadership is the ability of one person to control and exert influence over many There is a clear distinction between someone who possesses the ability to lead and someone who does not Throughout human history able leaders have aroused millions of people and brought them under their control yet the origins of this gift are still debatable Beginning over a century ago scientist and philosophers pondered what it takes to become a great leader A leaders character and the influence that present and past theories play in the leaders life and the lives of their followers is central to the idea of the leaders character If people are not born leaders what is it about their character that makes them a leader Since the last century numerous studies have been conducted on the issue of leadership and whether it is a genetic hereditary or learned behavior One of the first studies of character relating to inheritance was conducted by Sir Francis Galton in 1869 The study of hereditary improvement of the human race through selective breeding known as Eugenics was established by Sir Galton Eugenics is a debatable topic and considered a false science by many The fact that eugenics was conceived in the 1860s iterates mans desire to understand genetics and how genetics play into the person that we are The Theory of Eugenics was used to blame social ills on the perceived genetic traits of entire groups of people Under Adolph Hitler it was used to justify the murder of millions Sorensen 1999 The use of Eugenics was clearly used in the wrong direction but some truth may be hidden behind the theory that certain leadership skills and other personality traits are inheritable The study of twins has shown that there are some personality traits that we do inherit At the University of British Columbia and the
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