The Leadership Gene
The issue of leadership and genetics has been discussed and researched since the concept of leadership was created. Research efforts have focused on exploring the link between the two. Are leaders born or made?
This will sound like a cliché, but so far, genetics is still considered a major factor in determining the formation of leaders. But not everyone thinks the same way. There may be some truth to it, but factors such as experiences and social dynamics are also important in leadership.
There is no single factor that determines a person's ability to lead.
Each factor is important to some extent.
Some scientists have a strong feeling about genetic and biological factors and their relationship to leadership. The interest in the link between genetics and leadership is triggered by people from the same family taking leadership positions in society.
The Kennedys and the Bush family are two examples. More than genetics, science is also concerned with the biological and physical traits that leaders possess. There are studies that show how genetics contribute to a person's physiological and psychological functions. These will eventually affect a person's cognitive and behavioral traits, which determine whether a person is fit for leadership. Hormones and chemical changes in the body affect a person's cognitive functioning, a very important aspect of leadership.
When it comes to leadership, it is always a question of nature versus nature.