A key question concerning leadership is whether leaders are born or made. Research has shown that although genetic temperament may play a role, environment is a large factor (Ceci, 1996). A determinist point-of-view may consider that if something exists, then it can be measured and organizations would be foolish not to use tests to assess talent and leadership. In contrast, however, a dynamic systems view of leadership would contend that the variables that determine leadership are numerous, interacting, with small differences sometimes resulting in great changes.
"A Dynamic Systems View on Leadership, Talent, and Intelligence,"
Academic Leadership Journal: Vol. 7
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholars.fhsu.edu/alj/vol7/iss1/3