In his book, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Leadership, John Maxwell touches on several myths that people typically belief about leadership.
In summary, leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.
If you want to grow in your leadership and thereby increase your influence, I highly recommend studying and applying all the laws John shares in the book.
Here are the 5 common leadership myths discussed in The Law of Influence:
The Management Myth
Managing people and leading people are not the same thing.
Whereas leading people is about influencing and having others follow you – managing people is more about keeping systems and processes in place, and maintaining direction
The Entrepreneur Myth
Another myth is that entrepreneurship is synonymous with leadership.
As entrepreneurs, we may be good at seeing opportunities and following after our goals and dreams. However, leadership and influencing others is something we must grow into.
The Knowledge Myth
Knowledge is another characteristic that does not equate to leadership.
In fact, you likely know a few people who have plenty of knowledge in a particular subject but have no leadership skills. Likewise, you probably know some leaders who do not necessarily have a plethora of knowledge.
The Pioneer Myth
The first person to do something is not necessarily a leader.
If someone is in fact a pioneer or “trendsetter”, in order for them to be considered a leader, people have to intentionally follow their lead and act on their vision.
The Position Myth
Of all the myths, this one is the most common and one of the biggest misconceptions about leadership.
Coming from the corporate world, I have seen quite a few examples of this misconception. In fact, I have seen people in high positions leave an organization without anyone following – and I have seen true leaders or “influencers” without necessarily being in a position of leadership, leave the organization and have many others follow.
Leadership is influence, nothing more nothing less.
It’s time to A.C.T!
What ACTION can you take today to improve your leadership skills?
Can you make a CHANGE to your daily routine to improve your leadership?
Is there an opportunity to TEACH these leadership myths to others?