10 Myths About Leadership

Last year I had the pleasure of temporarily leading our psychiatry department. It was a difficult but in the end rewarding job. That’s probably why a recent publication in Healthcare Executive drew my attention: The 10 most common myths about leadership.

  • Leadership and management are the same dynamic.Leadership is more about vision, culture and values within an organization. Management is about executing plans, details and GTD.
  • Having a big title (CEO, CFO, VP) makes you a leader. Titles only help you getting things done but there is no relationship between titles and leadership.
  • Leaders can motivate others. Your task as a leader is to create an atmosphere in which your employees get motivated.
  • Leadership is easier than management. Leading can be very complicated and hard work
  • Leadership is a function of academic success. This can be a pitfall. Academic achievements don’t always make you a good leader.
  • Leadership is about being liked. Being a leader goes with making unpopular decisions
  • Leadership means you have a lot of friends. Leadership is lonely
  • Leadership is about the “soft stuff.” Leadership is about dealing with people and making decisions
  • Leadership is about the tangibles—i.e., metrics and making money.
  • Everyone can be a leader.

Be sure to read the whole article if this has evoked some interest. The myths are commented on by healthcare leaders who share their thoughts. Do you miss any myths?

ResearchBlogging.org
Birk S (2010). The 10 most common myths about leadership. Healthcare executive, 25 (6) PMID: 21229904