With more than 35 years of front-line experience in the worlds of business and higher education, leadership authority Roxana (Roxi) Bahar Hewertson walks the talk. Also the author of “Lead Like it Matters…Because it Does: Practical Leadership Tools to Inspire and Engage Your People and Create Great Results (www.tinyurl.com/leadlikeitmatters), ” released in October 2014 by McGraw-Hill (ISBN: 978-0071833028, Hardcover, $25.00), Hewertson has spent her career revealing myths and honing truths as to what makes a leader successful in his or her role…or not. Revered for her no-nonsense, nuts-and-bolts, tell-it-like-it-is approach, Hewertson helps both emerging and seasoned leaders boost quantifiable job performance in various mission-critical facets of business, including service, education/training, productivity, and profits, to achieve or exceed organizational and career goals.
4 Top Leadership Myths
1. If you are a star performer in your field or discipline, you will surely be a star leader of others. From the day we were born, all the applause has been about “what I have done well,” not “what we have done well.” The exception is teamwork within or outside your family. The skills, attributes and even motivations required to lead people successfully are entirely opposite from those required to be a successful individual contributor.
2. Emotions should be left outside the workplace Leading people is messy! People are, and will always be, unpredictable. Each person is unique, and that means leading people is complex, fun, interesting, frustrating, and yes, messy. Life happens, and it’s full of triumphs and tragedies, any of which can happen to any of us at any time. We can’t predict surprises! Leaders have to be ready for just about anything and everything. Like it or not, every person brings their emotions to work. People are 24-hour thinking-feeling creatures.
3. The best way to make changes is from the top and expect your people to get on board. The painful truth is, change efforts fail in every organization about 70 percent of the time, and for some that’s on a good day. We know this it from our own experiences. The status quo has a powerful, almost surreal stranglehold on people and organizations.
4. Being really smart and/or well-educated is all that really matters. Not even close. It is not enough to be really, really, smart. Emotional intelligence matters a heck of a lot – more even than IQ, particularly if you want to have healthy and productive relationships. Bad and ineffective leaders can create a lot of damage. Good and effective leaders can accomplish incredible feats with their followers. If no one is following you, you aren’t leading!
For more details, please check out the book and read it. Leadership authority Roxi Bahar Hewertson, CEO of Highland Consulting Group, Inc. and AskRoxi.com, brings over three decades of practical experience in the worlds of business, higher education and non-profits. She is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker and author.