I recently presented my take on HR roles and Leadership Brand at the HR Africa Conference. It was a stunning privilege to be there and to present on a topic I feel really passionate about. After my presentation, one of the participants asked me a question. Can you train leadership or are leaders born. Now I know that this is an old, much debated question and I could see by the glint in his eye that actually he was testing me.

Often you give an off the cuff answer and later thinking about it, you conclude that I could have done better.  On that morning I was on my game. I first pleaded the fifth amendment, then having thought about it for a second I explained it this way.

Your question can be read in different ways.

1. If your question is can you teach leaders to be better leaders…

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