7 myths about leadership
We live in an age that seeks quick fixes and easy answers. And sometimes, leaders abdicate their own thinking to adopt the “wisdom”, which is usually contradictory. Like many, I grew up accepting too much, giving them for granted.
1. “All managers are leaders.” Truth: Some managers may lead some not. The management is a subcategory of leadership, not its equivalent. The managers are good to monitor and maintain systems and processes. They hire people, but can not drive the best performance of people and bring the organization beyond where it is. Leadership always involves change, improvement and growth.
2. “There are innate leaders.” Truth: Even if someone has a predisposition to lead, learn leadership skills. A young measuring 1.90 meters may be predisposed to play basketball, but needs to learn to play before succeeding. The leadership may be more latent in some than in others, but must focus on developing certain behaviors, not biological background.
3. “Leaders always have the right answers.” Truth: Leaders do the right questions and know where to find the best answers. If your people always delivers you answers, then you are boosting their ability to think. And if everyone in your company are still asking the same questions, then you’re not innovating. Without question without curiosity, leaders simply administered using familiar answers. It is not so much to know the answers, but knowing who to ask.
4. “You need a title to lead.” Truth: To lead just need to know when it is appropriate to do and how. When I stay in a hotel, most people I meet do not have titles or power over people, but are responsible for creating my experience there. Good team willing to take leadership is more important than the leader at the head. The leadership is doing better, and the best organizations teach everyone to take responsibility to lead.
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5. “Leaders are focused” . Truth: Leaders create a shared approach. If your team is not focused, no matter how much they’re you. A manager is usually focused, but a leader creates a shared approach and not spend resources allow team members to do work unimportant. Being focused is responsibility and discipline. You create a shared approach is to include others in the agenda of leadership and customizing it to work.
6. “Leadership is about ambition.” Truth: Leadership is about the greater good. There is nothing wrong with ambition, but if you do only serves you, then you are not leading. When everyone else is benefiting (clients, colleagues, vendors, community), that is the sign of a cash.
7. “Everyone can lead.” Truth: No one can lead if you have the desire to do so. You can not force people to lead; the will is the key to effective leadership. And you can not be a better leader without this same desire. I noticed that no improvement by accident. Improve leave behind is the common thought, lies and myths to make one wise. If you know the truth, then you will be free and you can become a better leader.