It is critically important to know the truth. When we don’t know the truth, false ideas and beliefs take over. Before long, we start to believe something so far from reality it’s tough to come back. These fabrications can come from a variety of places; our parents, society, a crazy uncle, a former teacher or mentor, etc. While I’m not asking you to fact check everything you’ve ever been told, I don’t want an untruth to keep you from pursuing the most fulfilling thing a professional can do; leadership.
There are myths built up in modern professionals minds that hinder them from taking steps toward becoming a leader. I’ve outlined some of the most common fallacies surrounding leadership that professionals love to believe, but couldn’t be more wrong about.
“Leaders control, micromanage, and are authoritative ” - This is perhaps the worst myth of all. There are many different leadership styles, but all the great ones have one thing in common; they empower others. They find ways to bring people with them not push them in the direction they want them to go. Sometimes that requires control, while other times it requires letting go completely.
“Leaders are born, not made” – It’s simply not true. Leadership is a skill and can be developed like any other skill. Sure, DNA is involved and everyone is born with strengths and weaknesses, but you’re not born a leader of people. There is a certain amount of training that must happen regardless of one’s predisposition to any skill.
The truth of the matter is, the world, your company, your family and your friends need more leaders, not less. Don’t let any of these myths keep you from becoming someone who leads, whether that be in a large or small capacity.
“If Your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader” - John Quincy Adam
It is my hope that I can set the record straight for those who may have been misguided about how a leadership position can impact one’s life.
John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.