The true measure of leadership is influence — nothing more, nothing less.
True leadership cannot be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence.
Five Myths About Leadership
- The Management Myth — that leading and managing are the same thing. They aren’t.
- The Entrepreneur Myth — assuming that all salespeople and entrepreneurs are leaders. Not always the case.
- The Knowledge Myth — assuming those who possess knowledge and intelligence are leaders. Not automatically true.
- The Pioneer Myth — anyone out in front of the crowd is a leader. Being first isn’t the same as leading.
- The Position Myth — assuming that leadership is based on position or title. It’s not.
To be a leader, a person has to not only be out front, but also have people intentionally coming behind him, following his lead, and acting on his vision.
Positional leadership doesn’t work in volunteer organizations. If a leader doesn’t have leverage — or influence — then he is ineffective.
Most followers are pretty cooperative when their livelihood is at stake.
Followers in voluntary organizations cannot be forced to get on board. If the leader has no influence with them, then they won’t follow.
“He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.”
John C. Maxwell