What distinguishes strong leaders? This raises the subsequent question whether leaders are born with the innate trait or if strong leadership characteristics can be cultivated. It is the classic “nature versus nurture” debate. In considering this, I began to wonder whether business analysts within an organization could move beyond a support role and become be leaders, similar to C-level executives? A provocative talk by Alan G. Dunn, president and founder of GDI Consulting and Training Company, provided some answers. I share some of Dunn’s thoughts in this column.

Three Primary Success Factors for Effective Leaders

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