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Things to Think About - Leaders learn from others, but are not made by others

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

“To be authentic literally means to be your own author.” (Greek root Autos meaning self)  “Leaders learn from others, but are not made by others.”  Warren Bennis

“I would argue that more leaders have been made by accident, circumstance, sheer grit, or will than have been made by all the leadership courses put together.”  Warren Bennis


Warren Bennis has contributed as much, or more, to our understanding of leadership than anyone else I am aware of.  In these two quotes he shines a light clearly on the role of personal responsibility in becoming a leader.  While it’s true that outside elements—circumstances, accidents, gurus, et al—have influence on one’s behavior, it’s a choice—a personal decision—to become a leader.

Good luck on your journey.

Till next time…


About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at www.pragueleadershipinstitute.com