Leadership isn’t always an easily or clearly defined concept. Some of the world’s greatest leaders would never have been expected as such had the right circumstances aligned. While good leadership starts with individual skills and a cultivated personality, there are quite a few myths surrounding the subject. In order to become a highly respected and renowned leader, you should familiarize yourself with some of the most common misconceptions regarding leadership, which can be found and read about below.
- The Best Leaders Are Highly Ranked
Social, economic or even financial rank contributes nearly nothing to leadership. Although rank provides one with a proper role in leadership, it does little to prepare one to actually be a leader. Some of the most successful leaders in their fields were not ranked very highly. For example, Steve Jobs dropped out of college, and countless accomplished managers and businessmen never finished school. It all just goes to show you that rank isn’t everything when it comes leadership abilities.
- Following A Certain Checklist Will Make A Strong Leader
There is no set of rules to follow to become a great leader. Often, some of the best and most accomplished leaders had no mentor nor any set standard to follow to get to their position. Part of becoming a great leader is developing adequate intuition and the ability to think on one’s toes, so to speak. Quick wit and a flexible attitude go a long way when it comes to leadership. Strong leaders need to adapt to any situation to solve problems, instead of simply following a predetermined script. Sometimes being dropped directly into a leadership role will prepare you better for becoming a leader. Certain aspects of leadership just can’t be taught.
- Fear And Vulnerability Are Signs of Weakness
Perhaps the most common misconception when it comes to leadership is that expressing uncertainty or vulnerability shows weakness in a leader. This is untrue. On the contrary, it signifies honesty with oneself and one’s team. Would you rather follow a leader into uncertain circumstances under the pretense that everything is fine or would you prefer your leader be honest with you, telling you that potential challenges await? Showing a certain level of fear and vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but is, instead, a sign of honesty.