Conan O’Brien on Leadership

by Fast Company

Is leadership something you can teach? Are true leaders born or are they made?

Fast Company put these ponderable questions to the leader of late-night comedy, Conan O’Brien, as part of their 30 Second MBA video series. “I think a true leader has to be made, forged in the fires of crises,” O’Brien says. “Like the Thing from the Fantastic Four,  bombarded with gamma rays of difficulty and stress.”

In other words, leadership isn’t something that’s formed when the going is easy. It’s a product of adversity that can only be developed when you are provided with challenges to overcome. For more of Conan’s thoughts on leadership, watch the short video from Fast Company.

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