Heroship and Leaving a Legacy aren’t Part of Leadership

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3: Revealing Traditional Leadership and Assumptions in Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement. For this format, some minor editing was necessary.

Imagine the following American cinematic experience: During the 19th century, you’re watching just about any western taking place somewhere in a small town. Here, heroes save towns from outlaws. Not even the local government and sheriffs could protect the town in the same way that these heroes could. Continue reading Heroship and Leaving a Legacy aren’t Part of Leadership

3 Leadership Myths Rarely Discussed…If at All

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.

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