Once a Leader, Always a Leader

Leadership isn’t something that you acquire over time with training and experience. It isn’t something outside of you that you strive for or a thing that can be obtained. Rather it is a piece of your personal genetic code that prepositions you with the innate talent to possess the capacity to become a good leader. If you have the leadership DNA, then leadership training and experience will enhance your innate ability. And if you have a significant degree of this ability, then this talent will find a way to express itself despite a lack of leadership training and experience. A person with the leadership DNA will possess the natural leadership ability and a sixth sense on how to apply this God-given gift. Good leaders recognize this and consequently are at the same time very confident and very humble regarding this inherited talent. Good leaders understand this and accept that their leadership accomplishments are the result of this innate leadership talent and not something that they did entirely on their own. Each person has their own personal set of DNA talents and we spend a considerable amount of time exploring and discovering what talents we actually possess. Some seem to know what they are gifted in early in life. Others may not know until much later in life. This process of discovery is important because the more we can align our lives with the talents we have, the more successful and fulfilled each person will become.
What is distressing is when a person chooses not to develop the talents that he or she was born with, instead, letting them waste away undeveloped. Regardless, if you have leadership talent then it is a part on you, part of your very being and it can’t be separated from you. Therefore, once you possess leadership talent, you will always be a leader; it’s in your DNA.
Paul Okum has 40 years’ experience with the Federal Government in the Departments of Transportation, Interior, Army, and Defense in leadership positions, including being a US Army officer and a director of a human resources office in the Department of Defense. Okum has written “Leadership DNA,” a guide book about identifying, selecting, and developing natural born leaders. The book also explains how to deal with poor performing leaders before they cripple an organization.
For more information about Paul Okum and “Leadership DNA,” visit

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