Is leadership a trait? No!
Leadership is a bundle of skills, and now is the perfect time for you to master them.
Reality Check: After working as chair of a small committee in my department for more than a year, my boss told me I must step down because the committee finds my leadership "chaotic." I am concerned that this is indicative of my inability to lead. I chaired the committee years back and was relieved of command without a full explanation, and I have served on several committees without being asked to chair. My question is two-fold. First, can leadership be learned or is it a trait people are born with? Second, what should I do to regain the trust of my boss?
Reality Check: My job in sales means that prospects and customers call me all the time and want quick responses. As a result, I become very reactive—responding to urgent problems. Sometimes this short-term focus comes at the expense of long-term priorities, such as building and developing large accounts. How can I learn to be proactive instead of reactive?