The second myth we examine is a common cliché that great leaders are so because they are a born leader. Reality dictates that everyone has innate leadership qualities. Therefore one would be accurate if they were to say we are all born leaders.
The problem is that we do not learn to use our innate leadership skills until we are forced.
Susan B. Anthony led the women’s movement in the mid-19th century. Even though she was a great leader of that movement it was not her first leadership opportunity. Those would be as a school teacher and a student at a Quaker seminary for women. But it was the injustice she saw that spurred her to take up the leadership role in this movement because nobody else was fulfilling that role.
Just as every infant is born with the ability to swim but must still learn again outside the womb, leaders are born with the leadership skills but true leaders are made, not born, when they are forced to hone those skills for a cause (or job) they love.
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Recommended books about workplace cultures
- True Alignment: Linking Company Culture with Customer Needs for Extraordinary Results
- The Great Workplace: How to Build It, How to Keep It, and Why It Matters
- Change the Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results
- “Life’s Leadership Lessons”: 53 anecdotal leadership lessons ideal for building leadership during staff meetings. Paperback, Kindle, Apple or Nook.
Additional resources about cultures
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.