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NATURAL BORN LEADERS
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Are there really people that are "natural born leaders?"

It could be true. How observant are you? Have you ever gone up to a group, any group, and asked a question? Many people (in a group situation) will not want to answer right away for fear of embarrassing themselves. They will look around for a spokesperson. When all their eyes fall on just one person, this is the person they look to "naturally" to be their leader...and their spokesperson. Some call it charisma; some call it "persona". What it really means is that this is the person trusted enough by the group to make the correct decisions for everyone in the group. Or does it?

It can also be true that "natural born leaders" aren't leaders at all. You have to look deeper. It could be that he or she is just the bully of the group. It could be that later, after you've left, they will get the stuffing kicked out of them for not letting him or her answer for the group. Watch the eyes. In any group, there will be facial expressions that give away what they truly feel. If all the heads in the group are nodding "Yes, that's true", then this probably IS the natural leader. But if a portion of the group runs their eyes up to the sky "looking for divine help", then they all DO NOT think of this person as their leader...for whatever reason.

I bring this up as a learning tool for the leader of your group. Watch the faces of your own group. If they all are nodding "Yes" when you answer for them, then you are doing a good job. If they look like they would rather be somewhere else, you are doing something wrong. Fix it.