Three Leadership Myths Rarely Discussed…If at All

Covey quote: Leadership is the highest of the arts, simply because it enables all the other arts and professions to work.
Covey quote: Leadership is the highest of the arts, simply because it enables all the other arts and professions to work.

Myth #1: Leadership is about getting things done through others

Image of an arm pointing at a girl who looks defient
Image of an arm pointing at a girl who looks defient

The art of getting things done through people

— Mary Parker Follet’s definition of management

Leadership is not about getting people to do stuff.
It’s about getting people to think.

- L. David Marquet

Myth #2: Organizations have leadership roles

Image of a boss looking out a window
Image of a boss looking out a window

Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. I know many people at the senior-most levels of organizations who are absolutely not leaders. They are authorities, and we do what they say because they have authority over us, but we would not follow them.

-Simon Sinek

Myth #3: To practice effective leadership, you apply the best style to meet the needs of a specific situation

Summing it up: Leadership ain’t easy to comprehend

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Gary is a speaker, author, researcher, and leadership futurist. https://www.garyadepaul.com

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