Are People Born Leaders, Or Is It Learned?

Brain scans tell a lot.

As the US election cycle rages on, most Americans are looking at the candidates for local, state, and federal offices to determine what kind of leaders they'll be. But what makes somebody a good leader, and how do they get that way?

The dictionary definition of a leader is simply "the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country," but there's a lot more to it than that. For someone to be a great leader, they also need to be able to inspire their team, be dependable, be honest, and be able to communicate clearly, among many other things. A true leader sets the standard for their team and is a good role model for others to follow.

There are lots of admirable traits embodied by a strong leader, which leaves many people wondering if these traits can be learned or if someone is born with the ability has to be born with the ability to lead.


DNews has recently explored whether somebody is a born leader or adapts to greatness over time, and were able to find some interesting studies about the influence of nature vs. nurture. Some of the research compared personality traits of twins, but possibly the most interesting results were from studies that were able to find differences in the brain scans of leaders and non-leaders.

Check out the video and learn what makes a leader here:

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