Leadership – Myth Questions

Here are my answers to seven questions on the seven myths of leadership discussed today in class.

Myth 1;Position Myth: 

Discuss if people need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others become productive?

People most certainly do not need to possess the top title to achieve more and help others, in fact, some of the lower positions have an even greater impact on others in the organization/committee. When an individual is at the highest position, they often become separated and less connected personally with those around them, they also likely spend less time with the others in their organization who work below them. Whereas, an average employee or committee member steps up and puts forth an outstanding effort, they can have a much more direct impact on those around them. For example, when a basketball player decides to possess a more positive attitude around their team-mates, ie. give high fives, encourage their fellow players, or call out suggestions/directions to help their team-mate on the court, it may have a stronger effect than that of the coach giving feedback, as the player is often more connected personally to their team-mates. Similarly, in an organizational basis, an individual who chooses to be focused, brings a positive energy to the work environment, and is willing to help fellow employees, may rub off on another like-employee more so than the top leader simply giving orders.

Myth 2: Destination Myth;

How do you become the person you desire to be?

I believe that in order to become the person you desire to be, which you may see as your best self, it is key to surround yourself with others whom you want to be more like and can look up to and feed off of. You will naturally become more like the people around you and you can also consciously learn and take note of what makes those people who they are. It is also key, in general, to surround yourself with people who you may believe are just stronger individuals or stronger as a person in whatever way you believe is important. Naturally you will strive to be more like them and grow to their level.

Myth 3; Influence Myth:

What prompts you to follow someone else?

For me, what prompts me to follow someone else, is simply when I believe in the same things as them or agree with their position. Even if it means going against the ‘status quo’ or questioning a higher leader, it is important to me to stand up for what I believe and fight for what is important to me. This is how I believe everyone should choose to follow others, we might be in very different situations on many issues if everyone did. Most importantly, when choosing to follow, you can’t choose to follow the ‘status quo’ or given order out of fear, when you disagree with it. You must be fearless and stand up for what you believe.

Myth 4; Inexperience Myth:

What makes a leader valuable to an organization/committee?

A strong leader not only speaks up for what they believe, but also seeks to understand those around them and see what the people want. It is important that a leader sees what is best for all and the organization/committee, even if it means going against the general consensus in certain situations. When they can be strong as an individual, be understanding of others(those under them) and pursue the best option for all, they are an incredibly valuable leader.

Myth 5; Freedom Myth:

Do you agree that when you move up in an organization, the weight of you responsibility increases? Explain.

I most certainly agree with that your responsibility increases as you position does. It says it right there. Your position is increasing so why wouldn’t your responsibility? As you move up in an organization you represent more and more people and positions/groups, so it becomes your responsibility to not only do yourself justice with your work but also everyone below you. You are also holding technical ‘control’ over the growing number of people working below you, to suitably do your job in ‘controlling’ them, you must be a more responsible person and if anything, lead by example.

Myth 6; Potential Myth: 

Eleanor Roosevelt said. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” How does that idea relate to allowing a title or position to limit your position?

First of all, I’d just like to say that I chose this question significantly because of the fact that it references a quote, and I love quotes, as I think you can learn great amounts of wisdom from them and their author’s past experiences. As for the question:

I believe this idea relates to a title limiting your position in that you must have a positive inner voice that believes in your best effort. That voice must also pride you in doing the best at your position and work, whatever role or title that may be. You must believe in yourself from the inside and not let things like titles get in the way of you being the best person you can be. Do not get down on yourself for simply having a lesser position, for you can be an even stronger leader in your position if you believe, and as one once said, the best leaders are never seen.

Myth 7; All-or-Nothing Myth:

The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. Does that mean they should just give up leading altogether? Discuss.

Absolutely not! It is important not to define your life as being the ‘best’. There are other ways for one to find success in life, or in cases not even success, but rather happiness. The joy of life and leadership must come from inside, just as anything else, and if you truly love what you do, then it won’t matter what position you hold but rather that you are passionate about what you do and take pride in your every piece of work(physical, mental, actions). When one loves what they do and takes pride in the little things, they can lead from any position, and enjoy doing it. It is important, as previously stated, to not define your success as a number or title, but rather what you believe. If one chooses, they can become a leader in any role, and you can gain the respect of those around you. That is the mark off a true leader, understanding others and doing what they believe. If you can strive for your best every time/project/practice, and use the various leadership skills, you can truly lead from any position, and it shouldn’t matter your position.

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