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Leadership is one of the most discussed topics in the sphere of management. Few leaders, however, speak of this subject because they are busy with their primary business of managing people.
Leadership, however, is a knowing how things should be and how to help people realize their talents and capabilities to make them a reality.
Work experience shows that few organizations tend to their workers potential. The main reason lies within old-fashioned methods of management; fear and an unwillingness to stimulate leaders. This is related to leadership myths around this notion.
Five Leadership Myths
A myth is an idea, which is false but considered to be true. Unfortunately, leadership myths explicated below oftentimes do not help good managers show themselves.
Leadership Myth №1: Leadership is a rare gift that few have.
Many believe that leaders are born, not made. They believe that people are born as leaders and one cannot learn leadership. It is not like that. It is possible after all to learn leadership.
Many people have potential to become good leaders and managers. Just like the majority of other skills, leadership skills require time, training and correction of mistakes to master.
A key leadership quality, is the ability to take care of other people. Believe it or not, this is not a unique quality. Another quality is a sense of aim or mission. A leader singles out a target and points what direction to move. The question is whether others are going to follow or to chase him…
Leadership Myth № 2: A leader should be charismatic.
Yes, many leaders are charismatic meaning they obtain exceptional qualities and authority. However, the majority of successful chiefs are not. The majority of worldwide leaders have their own strengths and challenges.
Social and interpersonal skills are more important for leaders than technical skills. A leader’s vision and mission make them charismatic and charming.
Naturally, a charismatic leader spends fewer resources obtaining results. However, managerial control systems work successfully as well, especially at technical plants. A charismatic control system is more fragile when one person is standing behind it. If something happens with this person, the system will likely crash too.
Leadership Myth №3: Effective management is based on control, enforcement and manipulations.
This is far from the truth. The most effective management is based on personal example, respect, and ability to inspire and make decisions quickly.
A leader is one whom you follow to places where you would never go alone. The main functions of a leader are to Save and Protect, Feed and Warm Up, and Judge and Direct. These are based on main human instincts: self-protection and survival. People follow leaders because they share the way he/she see things and their targets.
Good leaders help people become better than they are. They create a working climate, which attracts, keeps, and motivates people.
Leadership Myth №4: A leader is a person of senior position/rank/title/name.
Many of us have witnessed when leaders were appointed that demoralized people and damaged businesses. True leadership is not based on a position or title. The best companies find and grow as many leaders as possible. The true leaders among us are those people we are attracted to because they set a good example, show respect to others, and teach and inspire us to be better.
Leadership Myth №5: Good leaders have a higher level of education than others.
There is no connection between the number of diplomas and ones leadership qualities. When it comes to managing people, experience is one of the best teachers and will power is the best drive.
As the story goes, formal training will make it to where you can earn keep. Self-education will bring you money and will power brings you power.
Many well known business and political gurus did not graduate from universities. They thought that business schools build wonderful models of the world, which didn’t happen for them. Instead, they studied and learned the rules and then gained experience to find the exceptions to the rules. The best leaders make their own rules.
Modern armies in developed countries have the best leadership development programs. Their people always start from the very bottom. Eventually they move higher and are thoroughly evaluated. As they progress, their level of responsibility is widened as their experience grows. They obtain their experience through weeks and months of formal training and preparation.
The real test for these leaders happens when they are deployed. This is when they learn to manage interrelationships and conflicts at heightened rates. They also learn to control the balance between a common aim and individual needs. A war, unfortunately, places everyone in position of life or death.
The Army model of leadership development, of course, cannot be called perfect since it is unreachable for most peace organizations.