Are leaders born, or can leaders be made?

We recently found on LinkedIn this discussion about leadership. Someone was wondering either leaders are born or made: http://lnkd.in/NwYHv9

It seems that there are two theories about this: the Great Man theory, which states that some people are predisposed to be leaders and the Zeitgeist Theory of Leadership, which states that leaders are a “product of the social circumstances at the time. Thus, it was not the characteristics of the individual that resulted in a leadership, but societal factors of the time that are out of the individuals’ control.”

What do you think? Is it a mix of both? Do you know any research that shows that leaders are created, born, or both?

Douglas Fairbanks at third Liberty Loan rally HD-SN-99-02174

By Paul Thompson [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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