In “Leadership: Nature or Nurture?“, Gwen Moran elaborates on whether or not leaders come about by heredity or through life experience. She talks about some studies that say about a third of what it takes to be a leader is inherited but the majority is not. The skills that are sought out are:
Being born into a smart family gives you an edge.
Ability to solve problems.
This can be developed through schooling and nurturing parents.
A take-charge personality.
This can be a question of extroversion vs. introversion.
Are you in control? Can you delay gratification?