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CREATIVESOLUTIONS

3 Leadership Myths
Move past these outdated leadership ideas to find a better path for your company.
By Ronna Denny

E

ver look at a
leader and think
that you could
do a better job? Leaders
are often discussed and
critiqued by everyone
in a company, and get
plenty of unsolicited advice to boot. While
some of it can be sound, you should always
take this advice at face value. Grab a piece
that applies to you and a piece that you can
grow from, and leave the rest.
The topic of leadership is filled with
falsities and inaccurate ideas‚ from people
both inside and outside the leadership circle.
This creates myths, which may be holding
you back from reaching your full potential.
Here we review-and debunk-three
common leadership myths.

MYTH #1: LEADERS ARE BORN,
NOT MADE
Ekaterina Walter stated it best in a Forbes
magazine article when she observed,
"Leadership is a skill, not a genetic
disposition." Even individuals who have
natural leadership abilities must learn how
to be good leaders. If you don't spend time
polishing your communication, critical
thinking and resource management skills,
you won't reach your full potential. Instead
you will plateau and the employees you
oversee may also plateau, injuring your
company.
A commitment to lifelong learning builds
a true leader.

MYTH #2: LEADERS HAVE ALL
THE ANSWERS
The truth is quite the opposite. The best
leaders recognize their own limitations and
admit them. Instead of bluffing or guessing,
leaders should rely on the experience and
knowledge of their team members when they

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do not know the answer to a question. A
great leader recognizes that it takes a diverse
group of people, some of whom may know
more about a subject than they do, to achieve
results. A great leader empowers others to
grow, ultimately creating a team that can
function whether the leader is holding the
reins or not.

MYTH #3: LEADERS MUST
BE EXTROVERTS
Typically, when we think about extroverts
versus introverts, we think of how a person
behaves in a social setting. To most people,
extroverts are outgoing, loud and confident
while introverts are shy, quiet and withdrawn.
The truth is that great leaders are humble
and can be either extroverted or introverted
if they know themselves and can mold to the
situation at hand.
Great leaders will process their thoughts
and conflicts internally before discussing
an issue with others to ensure a good
understanding of what they are presenting.
Leaders must recognize their own
personality traits and learn those of their
co-workers in order to reach the best possible
outcome for all parties involved. This balance
creates harmony within a team and company.
Some leaders may feel like they must
always be "on." This is unrealistic as your
leaders are human beings who are going
to experience challenges and roadblocks.
Leaders will make mistakes, publicly and
privately. It's how the person chooses to
respond to those missteps that indicates
whether or not they are a great leader.

CREATIVE
SOLUTIONS

Ronna Denny is the senior vice president of
client services for CollectionCenter Inc. She
earned her bachelor's degree from Montana
State University-Billings and believes the
accounts receivable management industry is
vital to the world's economy.

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Presidents Page
Industry News
Best Practices
FYI
Collection Tips
Overlapping Responsibilities?
Taking on Tax Time
Making Connections in D.C.
Calendar
Honor Roll
Education Spotlight
Creative Solutions
Ask the Experts: Reaching Out
Legal Liability & the FDCPA
Advocacy and Parenthood: Not So Different
Your Opinion Matters
Beyond the Boundary of the Law
ACA SearchPoint
Membership
Ad Index
Last Word
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