We do have some solid evidence now that leaders are born to lead and perhaps that streak is just in their genes. So, are leaders made or just born into leadership?
It is perhaps right if we think that some of our great leaders like Martin Luther King, Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi probably had more in common, the leadership gene that pushed them to be famous leaders.
AdvertisementA recent study found that a particular gene called as rs4950, is an inherited DNA sequence connected with those who lead and though leadership skills can be cultivated, the genetic link may give it the much needed thrust.
The study which analyzed DNA samples of nearly 4000 individuals and matched them to jobs and relationships found that the presence of the leadership gene perhaps explained the variation in leadership traits.
Lead scientist Dr Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, from University College, London, said: "The conventional wisdom, that leadership is a skill, remains largely true, but we show it is also, in part, a genetic trait."