You’ve probably had many a boss in your life, and I’m sure they were all different. There are certainly characteristics that good leaders share, but there are definitely some falsehoods when it comes to leadership. Here are three leadership myths that you should ignore…
You must be a born leader: Some people show signs of leadership from an early age, but the vast majority of us are taught how to lead. Maybe your little league coach or band director turned you into a leader. The point is, with a little hard work and dedication, anyone can become a great leader.
You must lead from on high: The most effective leaders are the ones who coach more than they manage. When you’re hands-on with training your staff, you’re not only teaching them, but you’re forming a bond. You can’t form that bond if you’re not around your people.
You must be all-knowing: A good leader should be aware of what they do and don’t know. A staff likes an honest boss who doesn’t pretend to know everything. Saying “I’m not sure, but I’ll find out” is something they will appreciate. Train your people but learn from them as well. Never stop learning!