I love leadership. I don’t care much for calculus. Regardless, I believe there is a direct relationship between the two subjects and how students of calculus are just like students of leadership.
Some people have innate traits that help them learn math. They can stay focused for long periods of times, they have a strategic mind that solves problems efficiently, and they were born with the resolve to finish a tough task. Although some people are born with skills to aid them in calculus, most people must practice, practice, practice.
A math student starts with easy problems and moves toward algebra and trigonometry before even attempting calculus. They attend classes with teachers and professors to get better at math before mastering the harder subject. They receive tutoring, learn from others, and read many books. They practice their work often and have it graded depending on their skill level. Most students have been honing their math skills for over a decade before they try their hand at calculus.
Leadership skills are much the same way. If you want to be a good listener (or communicator, teammate, etc.), you must practice your skills, ask for feedback from teachers, attend seminars, read books, and stay focused for years. People assume leadership is a natural-born trait, but most people are born with skills that aid in leadership…not actual leadership ability.
So…if you want to be a good leader? Think about it like calculus.