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The Law of Influence

The True Measure of Leadership is Influence Nothing More, Nothing Less

New TipsJohn Maxwell’s favorite leadership proverb is, “He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, is only taking a walk.” Leadership is influence; without influence one cannot lead.  Too many leaders believe that leadership is about authority and the ability to command. They forget that people can decide to buck authority and as well people can and do walk out on leaders.  A leader   must build up a strong and committed base of followers if that leader is to be successful. There is no leadership without a followership. A followership however is most committed when that followership is inspired  to align to the vision of the leader.  Leaders suffer from certain beliefs about their status , which beliefs are in essence myths about leadership.  There are five such myths.

1. The Management Myth. Management can maintain direction. Influential leadership is what changes the direction of an organization toward positive change.

2. The Entrepreneur Myth. People may be buying what somebody is selling, but they are not necessarily buying into his leadership or vision.

3. The Knowledge Myth. Mental superiority does not necessarily equate to leadership.

4. The Pioneer Myth. The one in front is not necessarily the leader. The leader is the one with the vision that people want to follow.

5. The Position Myth. Maxwell quotes Stanley Huffty, “It’s not the position that makes the leader; it’s the leader that makes the position.”

AS a leader do you suffer from  any or all of these myths?

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