Stella Nkomo

She spent 17 years, 1983–2000, at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Belk College of Business Administration, rising through the academic ranks to Full Professor.

Born or Made?

“You can train them what to do. How they will do it, I have no control over.”

Description of the video:

INTERVIEWER: So there is a debate that leaders are born or made. Do you think it's possible to train somebody to be a leader?

STELLA NKOMO: who can train them what to do, how they will do it. I have no control over that list and recipe thing. I think what you want to do is to have the person to be introspective about. Why do I want to lead an MI up to it? I think that's the best you can do. And maybe the person will realize. I tell people now in South Africa, my students, you know what? If your goal in life is to make a lot of money, to be wealthy, enrich, do us a favor. Become an entrepreneur? You know why? Nobody really expects an entrepreneur to give back to society. We know entrepreneurs are big about. You might do that, but it's not demanded. But if you take a job as a government minister, that's a different motivation. You want to serve the people. So that's it. That's the best we can do with people. Really. I don't think giving people a list because it's not then we lead from who we are. Phil, how do we lead differently otherwise, among pastoral masquerading? And people cannot hold that plot. They cannot hold it. It's almost like acting. And so they have to be in full script all the time. And I don't think that's really possible.

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