Do you have the leadership gene?
Amy Materson | January 30, 2013

If you’ve struggled with managing your company or crew, you may have tried to improve your skill set, either through seminars or research.

You’re not alone: Googling “leadership” will give you about 460,000,000 results. However, a study has determined that leaders can also be born, as well as bred.

British researchers have found in a twin study that an inherited DNA sequence, rs4950, is a leadership gene associated with people who have leadership positions. Scientists have determined the genotype appears to be connected with passing down leadership ability through generations.

Still, study authors say don’t ignore the conventional wisdom. Although leadership is in part a genetic trait, being a successful leader depends largely on developing skills. So, if leading others isn’t your strongest suit, keep working at it.

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