Found this quote on one of them Facebooks:
“Leaders are not born or made. They are self made.” Stephen Covey
Right. I don’t even know where to begin with this — do I start with the “born” part or the “made” part?
First of all, what are we talking about here when we say “Leaders”? If they are people in positions of leadership, then someone besides themselves has obviously given them that position, in which case they are quite literally made. Unless one thinks that promotions and positions are wholly earned…which is just deeply, deeply funny given the state of our world.
But you and I both know that Stephen Covey is really talking about the intangible qualities of leadership, i.e., the ability to lead. Putting aside the fact that “leading” is either illusion or manipulation (think about it — the following must come from somewhere, and that somewhere is either them or the leader), the idea that these types of leaders arise from something other than nature or nurture is patently absurd. Pretty much the only thing that’s self-made about leaders is the work they put in, and even that is pretty much wholly dependent on things like personality, location, status, race, gender, etc. If you think about it, leaders are nothing but born or made.
If you want to change the world for the better through hard work and dedication, that’s fine. Just know that there’s a reason why you’re able to do that, and that reason is not “because you’re awesome.” Show some gratitude, please.
UPDATE: After extensive research/Googling, we have learned that Stephen Covey is a motivational speaker/author, and writes books on making oneself into a great leader. I bring this up to point out, in true postmodern fashion, that he might have a vested monetary interest in people believing that “Leaders are not born or made, but self-made.”