After three years of reading, writing, and talking about leadership, I realized that the meaning of leadership is no longer the same thing as what we traditionally think of as leadership. It’s time to call it something else! Continue reading Leadership No Longer Means Leadership!
You’ve seen the articles about leadership myths, but most seem well-known including:
- Leaders are born, not made
- Leaders need to be extroverts / charismatic / popular / outgoing …
- You need authoritative role to lead (such as being a manager or executive)
- Leaders are always right
- Reading about leadership is enough to become a leader
- Men make better leaders than women
- Leaders solve problems that others can’t solve by followers
The myths below are different: few talk about them or even recognize that they exist.
Leadership: easy to recognize but hard to explain
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Experts disagree about what leadership is, and their definitions are as memorable as a corporation’s mission statement. Even Maxwell recognizes the challenge:
Everyone talks about it; few understand it. Most people want it; few achieve it. There are over fifty definitions and descriptions of it in my personal files. What is this intriguing subject we call leadership?
— John C. Maxwell1