The fourth and last leadership myth is one that is a more recent myth. Many years ago it was true but in today’s workplace cultures the only place this is true is where teamwork is not cherished.
The statement that leaders control, direct and push their people is really a description of the traditional management style. As more workplaces saw the advantage of developing strong teams a new management style was developed. Known as contemporary management this new style is based on leaders that support the environment, resources and culture that empowers the team to be successful.
A basis of this leadership technique is that only those who do a job every day can know the intricate details of doing it successfully.
“The key to success is to get out into the store and listen to what the associates have to say,” said Sam Walton, founder of the Walmart retail empire. “It’s terribly important for everyone to get involved. Our best ideas come from the clerks and stock boys.”
Traditional leaders saw people as tools to get a job done. Walton knew that people are the assets to get things done.
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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.