You’re a leader, right?
If you own your own business, you’re a leader, even if you are the only person working in the business right now.
So…how much do you really know about leadership?
There are a lot of myths out there about leadership…myths that can really get in the way of your success if you believe them.
Not to worry. Today, we’re de-bunking 3 common myths about leadership and revealing the truths that can put you on the fast track to leadership success.
Myth #1 –Leadership is a rare talent
Leadership is not a rare talent, bestowed on only a select few. Leadership is a set of skills that can be learned…and there are good leaders all around you. Three critical skills for leadership success are:
- Effective Communication – Leaders need to assure that everyone on the team has a shared understanding of the goal and the path to success. Writing clearly, speaking with clarity, and using active listening skills are all part of the equation.
- Relationship Building – Success is relationship driven. Good leaders create a climate of trust and cooperation where the relationships between team members are just as important as relationships with the leader.
- Critical Thinking – Leaders must often make decisions that do not have a clear answer. Sometimes, you must choose between several good options, while other times, the choice is among several less-positive solutions. Being able to think outside of the box or trying nontraditional solutions can mean the difference between success and failure.
Myth # 2 – Leaders have all the answers
When you watch a skillful leader, it’s easy to think that they are the people with all the answers. The truth is, good leaders are people who know how to find answers. If leaders rely only on their own knowledge and wisdom, they may miss the best and most creative solutions. Knowing how to ask the right questions of the right people (often their own team members), increases the chance that the best solution will be found.
Myth # 3 – Good Leaders don’t fail
Every good leader has had their share of failures. Big visions sometimes require big risks and not everyone gets things right the first time. Failure is an essential part of innovation. Good leaders don’t let failure stop them. Instead, they use failure as information and redirection, encouraging their team to try again. It’s important for leaders to embrace and celebrate failure as a key part of the journey to success.
Leadership is not some super-secret club or special genetic trait. It’s a set of skills, and a mindset that anybody can acquire.
Leadership works like a muscle…the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.
Now that those myths are out of the way, what are you waiting for? Get out there and lead.
Go forth and do great things,
Martha & Chris
PS: If you’re open to learning how to exercise your leadership muscles to better the world around you, Chris is making herself available to chat about it. Follow this link – https://go.oncehub.com/chriswideawake – to grab your spot on her calendar. Select the free 30 minute business strategy option when you get there.