I read this article the other day and thought i would put a few quotes from it. Check it out HERE
One of the original leadership gurus, Abigail Adams, had it right when she counseled her son John Quincy that hard times are the crucible in which character and leadership are forged.
"It is not in the still calm of life or the repose of a pacific station that great characters are formed," she wrote to him in 1780.
"The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulty. Great necessities call out great virtues."
The raw materials are now in place for leader-making--and I have long been convinced that the best leaders are made, not born.
Even a brief look at a Nelson Mandela, a Winston Churchill or a Mohandas Gandhi reveals that their most dramatic development came at relatively late stages of their lives. So leadership can be taught, or to put it more accurately, leadership can be caught--through the lessons and stories of those who came before us, through mentoring and, of course, through a season in the crucible that no generation has experienced since the Greatest Generation.