Despite the thousands of articles and books about leadership, some mythsremain that are very stubborn. One myth that bothers me is that really good leadership is remarkably difficult. Hogwash: really good leadership is simple.
Let’s examine a short list of the things that are not needed to be a great leader, and contrast them with another list of things that are essential.
Things not needed to be a great leader
1. You do not need to be brilliant. Sure, you do need a functioning brain and the ability to conceptualize options, but there are plenty of thinkers in every organization. The leader does not need to be super intelligent; in fact if you push it to the extreme, a leader with genius IQ will have a difficult time relating to people in the organization and end up grossly misunderstood.
2. You do not have to be perfect…
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