We all have beliefs that collectively define who we are and how we lead our lives. Belief in an idea, an opinion, a way of life. But not all beliefs help us move ahead in life. Some stop us from succeeding. So let’s recognize these beliefs for what they are — myths — and get rid of them as soon as possible. Here are 7 of them you need to throw away right now.
1. Only extroverts can make good leaders.
What’s common between Bill Gates, Hilary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffet? They all are introverts and excellent leaders. Leadership is not about how much you talk or how outgoing you are, but about what you can offer.
2. Men are better leaders.
Remember Oprah Winfrey? She is one of the most influential women on earth. Books that she recommends to her fans, for instance, end up becoming bestsellers. And she’s not the only. Think Beyonce, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Aung San Suu Kyi — women make for extraordinary leaders.
3. Leaders are born, not made.
Leadership is a skill, like carpentry. Some people learn it naturally, others train themselves in it. Truth is, anyone can become a great leader. The only requirement is for you to learn how to be one.
4. Great leaders are not emotional.
Believe it or not, emotions drive people to become great leaders. Steve Jobs became a great leader because he was passionate — passion is a powerful emotion. Find the emotion that drives you, put it to work and you too can become a great leader.
5. Leaders have all the answers.
Nobody has all the answers. Not even the US President or the brilliant Harvard University professor. Leaders are human beings that have learned how to manage people and encourage them. What they do, however, have are better questions.
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6. Leaders work smart, not hard.
Smart work and hard work go hand in hand. You have to work hard to be smart. There’s no doubt about the fact that great leaders are smart, but their smartness came from long hours of hard work, not luck or chance.
7. You need a title to be a leader.
Leadership is possible without a title. So many volunteers around the world help raise funds, manage resources, and care for the needy in times of distress. They’re not called leaders, but they’re leaders without a title.