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Born or Taught to Lead?

In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.  ~William Shakespeare

Since today’s election day, I thought this blog post was appropriate.  Please learn the issues and vote!


Hearing different theories on what makes a great leader, some saying they are born, others saying it’s through courage and hard work, yet others are saying it’s through a mere happenstance with extreme circumstance, I often wonder.  However, if I had to categorize it for a self assessment survey, I’m going to play it safe and go with a combination of all of the above.  I guess now I’m wondering, can a natural leader be spotted in advance?

Kyle's Prediction for the Future- Heather Piper
An excerpt out of Kyle's Wimpy Kid Diary.. take note who's our next president.

When it comes to Kyle, I am most certainly biased.  That’s a given, but don’t be mistaken, I can also call a spade a spade.  I have always thought of myself as one of those rare individuals who can separate fact from emotional ties.  I’m all for pushing Kyle in a certain direction, but I’ll be the first to realize his weakness, immaturity, or lack of desire and I will call him on it.  This holds true with friends, family and co-workers.  I’m not always on the money, but when I work with someone or really know them, I become aware of their strengths and weaknesses, as most of us do.  Making these broad stroke statements is not judging but merely making observations, as I’m sure others have done to me.  Rightfully so, or else how did a manager place me to do specific jobs as opposed to others without coming to the realization of the facts of my strengths and weaknesses?  To be a good manger you almost have to.

Being a leader, no matter what role you’re playing, takes many attributes to accomplish.  I’ve always told Kyle, “You’re only as good as the people who work for you” and “In order to be a good leader, you need to be a great follower.”  I’m sure somewhere down the line I’ve heard those words spill from someone’s mouth and I’ve adopted them as my own.  But that doesn’t make the words any less true.  So, with that being said, I guess I just admitted that great leaders have to be proven by their performance and hard work.  As I’ve always said, I’ve noticed specific traits coming from Kyle and leadership seems to be one of them.

Kyle somehow always plays the supervisor role when it comes to any type of work.  He is the first to rally people and delegate.  He’s actually a natural. I’ve seen it first hand, not only with family members but with children his age.  He does have the Pied Piper thing going on.  I could give an example, but sometimes hearing it straight from the horses mouth speaks in volumes.

I recorded this clip because I  was so impressed with Kyle’s thinking and his writing style.  He had to pick an office he wanted to run for sixth grade and write a paper supporting his views.  Now also keep in mind that he thought of the objectives himself.  The beginning paragraph was already started in school before I read it.  Below, I outlined the paper in case it’s a little hard to hear, not to mention he’s a lot like me, we can’t read our own writing.

Kyle’s Paper on being Treasurer

Who is good at math and loves Legos and dinosaurs? (he said the dinosaurs part was suppose to be a joke) Kyle Piper! Now let me tell you why I should be Treasurer.  I am awesome at math and money.  I think I’m good at math because I raise my hand almost every time, I get A’s on my math grades, and we do money in math so I must be good at math.  I like to organize money, so that is why I would be a good treasurer.

This is my first reason why I want to be a treasurer.  I want to get a pool for kids so that they know how to swim so that they will be prepared when they get to high school, for kids exercise to strengthen their lungs, to strengthen kids leg and arm muscles with getting in and out of the pool.  I can cover the money related stuff and all you have to do is vote for me.

I am trustworthy because I always ask before I take any money from my grandmas and because I always return the extra money that I get.  I always return the toys I play with to the rightful owner.

As you can see I will be a good treasurer. I am good at math, as I explained before, and I am very trustworthy.  So as I explained that and last but not least I will try to persuade the president to get a pool. That is why you should vote for me, Kyle Piper.

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