Are leaders born or can you learn to become a leader?

  • This question has been asked time and time again. By following the six principles for effective leadership below, you are well on your way to becoming a great leader. You have to work at it – effective leaders are hard-working and well-read. Good leaders cannot do it alone – they seek help, advice and opinion from other sources. Realise that people are your greatest asset. Staff must be shown they are valued. Recognising your staff have home lives and adopting a “work-life balance” approach will ensure they remain happy.

    Set a vision and inspire others to achieve it. Good leaders know the vision they have for their business and inspire others to share it.

    Be a leader not “the boss”.

    Lead by example. Leadership is all about people having confidence in you. If you’re in control, they’re in control.

    Create a positive environment and surround yourself with positive people.

    So, how can you become a more effective leader?

    Cumbria Leads has already helped more than 50 leaders in Cumbria develop their skills and become more effective leaders.

    Cumbria Leads offers:

    A facilitated assessment of skills with the aid of an adviser;

    Production of a personal development plan;

    Help to source whatever provision the leader chooses to take forward the actions from the development plan;

    Funding up to £1,000 for the chosen provision;

    Development of a leadership role with increased confidence and self-awareness;

    Access to networks and business support through Business Link for Cumbria and partners.


IF you’re an employer looking for an apprentice, Business Link for Cumbria can help. Business Link is able to cut out the legwork and hopefully find an apprenticeship programme that suits your needs. Apprentices are between the ages of 16 to 24 and apprenticeship programmes can help your business by providing:

Excellent free employee training, with local providers, leading to NVQs at Levels 2 and 3;

Technical certificates attained demonstrating knowledge and understanding of skills;

Skills in communication, problem-solving, maths and English;

A motivated, enthusiastic and qualified employee.

Business Link currently has a number of apprentices ready for placement in fabrication, machining, fitting, electrical engineering and plumbing. All are trained to NVQ Level 2.

Other disciplines will be available soon.

One of the Business Link advisers is available to visit you and discuss how you can access training which meets your needs. The adviser helps you to complete a training analysis which determines the types of training required.