Question :Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Leadership comes naturally: one cannot learn to be a leader. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Mandela, Churchil and Abraham Lincoln. These are just few names of famous leaders whom their lives inspire lots of people not only in their own country but also all around the globe. But what makes these kind of people so unique and how can someone become a leader? There is no straightforward answer to this question. While many may think leaders born leaders, some individuals including me, think that all the people can learn to be a leader. Firstly, good leaders have a good knowledge of their own communities and may study the ways to become a leader. In my view, one of the most important aspect of each leader is his/her critical thinking and the sense of deduction. For instance, when I was a child, I was so shy since I assumed that my knowledge about the world is limited and I did not have the ability to manage group studies we had in school, but with gaining experience through adulthood, I have learned how to use my sense of deduction to persuade people to do what is best for the whole group. Moreover, I think other important aspect for becoming a leader is having a strong motivation. In fact, people can do extraordinary things when they have to do so and in the situation where there is no choice but to be a leader, people become leaders. There is a famous myth in my country about Kaveh who organized the revolution against the brutal king, Zahak who had snakes on his shoulders. Zahak killed all of Kaveh's children and there was no choice for Kaveh but to be a leader of rebellion against Zahak. Another true story about how motivation can make people leaders is about Hamed Esmaelion. He lost his wife and his 9-year-old child becuase Islamic Republic of Iran shut down their flight on purpose and killed all of that flight's passengers including Hamed's family. He had and has the motivation to execute the criminals of this murder, so he has became the voice of all the victims of IRR. To sum it up, many may think people have the attitude toward leadership naturally, but in my view, people can learn to be a leader. In this regard, growth of sense of deduction and motivation are among the most important factors and lots of examples prove my point of view.
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