Becoming a leader is a process that begins with individuals who are motivated to lead and committed to learn. Organizations assist them to learn from their environment, their work, and their superiors. The character of a leader is shaped early through experiences in the home, neighborhood, and school. There are many sources of influence—parents, teachers, sports coaches, church leaders, friends, and even enemies. In the workplace, related competencies are acquired through on-the-job learning, exposure to new situations, taking risks, making mistakes, solving difficult problems, self-assessment reflections, conversations with coaches and mentors, and emulating role models. Becoming a leader can flourish in organizations where continuous learning is integrated into everyday practices and part of the culture.
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