Being a leader is tough. While some leadership challenges simply come with the job, there are some difficulties that can be minimized by changing your perspective. There are a lot of misconceptions about leading that could be impacting how effective you are as a leader. Here are a few of those leadership myths:
A Good Leader is Invulnerable
While we all might like to think we are invulnerable, the truth is no one is without vulnerability, even leaders. Lacking vulnerability will distance you from your employees because they can’t relate to you. To be a better leader, take the time to be vulnerable with your employees. Share your challenges and mistakes and how you have overcome them.
Extroverts are Natural Leaders
Being a leader has nothing to do with extroverted or introverted personalities. Extroverts and introverts can both be fantastic leaders, they just lead in different ways. Just because you’re an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t be a great, inspiring leader and just because you’re an extrovert doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a leadership position.
There’s no Time for Leadership Development
As you’re leading, you’ve likely thought that “there isn’t enough time in the day” or “there’s no time for developing skills”. This isn’t true. While there are going to be times in your life where you have to dedicate all of your time to one thing, most situations allow for flexibility, if you manage your time correctly. Put thought and effort into time management to give yourself opportunities to develop leadership traits.
Leaders are Always Available
It is impossible and unhealthy for leaders to try to be available at all times. Even the most dedicated leaders take breaks from work and recharge. If you take periodic breaks, chances are you’ll find yourself being more productive. This also sets a positive example for your employees.
Everyone walks into their position with some bias based on past experience. Be careful to not let these myths about leadership impact your performance. This also sets a positive example for your employees. Use this list to evaluate your own beliefs and consider how they may be impacting your leadership.