Being a leader is tough. While some leadership challenges come with the job, there are some difficulties that can be minimized by changing your perspective. There are many misconceptions about leading that could impact how effective you are as a leader. Here are a few of those leadership myths:
Myth: A Good Leader is Invulnerable
No one is without vulnerability, even leaders. Hiding your vulnerability will distance you from your employees because they won’t be able to relate with you. To be a better leader, take the time to be vulnerable with your employees. Share challenges you’ve faced and mistakes you’ve made and how you have overcome them.
Myth: Extroverts are Natural Leaders
Being a leader has nothing to do with extroverted or introverted personalities. Extroverts and introverts can both be fantastic leaders though their leadership styles will differ. 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.
Myth: There’s no Time for Leadership Development
As you lead, 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 where you must dedicate all 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.
Myth: Leaders are Always Available
It is impossible and unhealthy for leaders to be constantly available. 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.
Myth: Leaders Know Everything
There’s a lot of pressure as a leader to have all the answers. But it can be beneficial to realize that you always have room to improve. Your relationship with your employees will improve if you can ask them for assistance and learn from their expertise.
Everyone walks into their position with some bias based on experience. Be careful to not let these myths about leadership impact your performance. Use this list to evaluate your own beliefs and consider how they may be impacting your leadership.