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born, not made

Describing an innate ability or talent. The original phrase was a translation of the Latin Orator fit, Poeta nascitur (Orators are made, Poets are born), quoted by Sir Philip Sidney in his Apologie for Poetrie (ca. 1521). Later it was extended to include other occupations. Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1851) provided an interesting twist on it when she had Topsy say, “I ’spect I growed. Don’t think nobody never made me.”
See also: made, not
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It is rightly said that Pakistan has the honour to have a political culture where leaders are born not made. The fact is they are born in a leader's home and definitely become leader to keep the political kingship within the family.
Basically champions are born not made. There is a simple visual test, to determine any individuals gender and it's foolproof.
In fact, the impression being given by businesses within the survey is that leaders are born not made with only 39% currently offering leadership development programmes to identify such individuals.
Instead of flying around the world trying to turn yourself into a statesman, something you will never be as statesmen and women are born not made, you should stay at home and see the damage you are doing to the people in this country.
That's why it's said that actors and leaders are born not made. He was a born actor," Bahujan Samaj Party leader Vijay Bahadur Singh said.
IT is sometimes said that entrepreneurs are born not made and Rachel Gilbertson is proof of that.
Legend says heroes are born not made - but Linda Nicholson disproves this.
IF WE BELIEVE THAT LEADERS ARE BORN NOT MADE, why worry about leadership?
Some people believe studying it is a waste of time--"leaders are born not made" is their motto.
While they indicated that in most cases leaders are born not made, they agreed that much could be done to improve a person's inherent leadership skills.
Australia captain Ricky Ponting has said captains are born not made, and Fleming appears to be out of the same mould.
This deep-rooted tradition of craftsmanlike, straightforward and honest use of materials coupled with an intimate knowledge of their various natures and properties resulted in manufactures which Bernard Leach aptly described as having been 'born not made'.
The underlying premise of the book is that leaders are born not made, but in order to become a greater leader, the reader must be prepared to delve into him/her self, and their past, with much soul-searching, self-analysis and sharing of information, which should enable them to have the vision to lead more effectively.
"Guys like David Trezeguet and Thierry Henry are born not made and Kenny Dalglish and Joe Jordan were naturals as well.