Leaders Aren’t Born, They’re Trained


by Patricia A Hudson, MPsSc and James R Hudson, Ph.D. of the Melos Institute *

This article offers an overview of what is essential in developing an effective leadership program.

Does training improve leadership effectiveness?  Research suggests that training – of any governance model – has a positive influence on leadership performance. Believing that leaders are not born but are trained, Patricia and James Hudson of the Melos Institute, note that their goal in this article is to begin a dialog on how establishing a serious leadership development initiative not only complements the planning process but also enables the organization to operate at a much more strategic level.


* The Melos Institute is a nonprofit nonpartisan independent think tank that works with thinkers and shapers to find new and better ways for volunteer and staff leaders to deliver more meaningful and transformative experiences to their members. The Institute’s applied research initiatives are geared to helping us understand the strategies and tactics as well as the principles, processes and tools that will produce an active and engaged membership.


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