All of us “Lead from the Middle” at some time. Here are some myths about leadership taken from John Maxwell’s book, the 360 Leader and my tips to debunk the myths.
- I can’t lead because I’m not at the top.
One of the Women in Bio attendees is the Chairperson on the RTP Dragon Boat Club. She is learning leadership skills in that volunteer role.
- When I get to the top, then I’ll learn to lead.
How many people do we know that were thrust into a leadership role with no training or preparation? Those folks do have to learn to lead as on the job training.” Lisa Gabriel and I encourage women in the workforce to always be looking ahead for leadership opportunities.
- If I were on top, then people would follow me.
If you are on top some people will follow you and some people will not. Additionally, some people will sabotage you. Stay aware of both groups. Trust with caution.
- When I get to the top I’ll be in control.
So, let me ask you this…Do you think the President of the US is “in control?”
- When I get to the top I’ll no longer be limited.
Top leaders are limited by boards, uncooperative employees, budgets – just to name a few limitations.
- I can’t reach my potential if I’m not the top leader.
In order to be the top leader, it is important to know your potential and to share that knowledge with others.
- If I can’t get to the top I will not try to lead.
I repeat…everyone leads at some time. Dragon Boat crews, Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops, book clubs, etc.
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