The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born – that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.
~ Warren G. Bennis
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Thank you, Mr. Bennis. Warren G. Bennis was a scholar and renowned author on leadership. Perhaps one of the the founders and forerunners of the modern leadership movement, Warren Bennis has debunked the myth that leaders are born. That cannot be farther from the truth.
As, Mr. Bennis said, the thought that people are born with leadership skills, that it’s part of genetics is total nonsense, a myth.
Leaders are made. Leaders learn skills as leadership itself is a skill. Many people with upbringings that are less than stellar, with ancestors that were far from leaders have made great leaders.
They learned the skills necessary to lead and then applied those skills. Charisma is not necessarily a genetic trait. Many people learn the science and mechanics to understand life and people and then take that into their mental thought processes and become that person. That leader.
This thought, I believe, stems from the male-dominated business environments of the past where they believed that only men were capable of being leaders. Therefore, they had the genetic makeup required to be leaders. Well, we all know this is bunk. Let’s face it, there have been many great leaders that have been women. There genetic makeup had nothing to do with it.
Don’t let this old myth stop you from striving to be a good leader. Learn what makes a good leader. Then strive to be a great leader.
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Thank you for listening to Goal Getting Podcast. I am going through some transitions in life. As I do this I started thinking about my original goal for the podcast. The original goal was to provide tips, strategies and inspiration to Goal Getters. I had originally set the podcast up as a weekly edition with then intent of sharing the lessons of my Goal Achievement Success System and to interview expert guests that has achieved success in areas of their life that you Goal Getters might be working on yourself.
I started an experiment in July of last year providing the Goal Getting Quote of the Day. It was well received and I had a lot of you start following me because of that addition. The frequency went from 1 day a week to 7 days a week, with one day being the Weekly lesson, interview.
With my career change in September, which you may remember was a goal I had set and achieved 2 years sooner than I expected, my schedule has gotten busier at work. I took a winter break to start Season 2 which would be longer segments focusing on a quote and a longer lesson to go along with that quote. I wanted to keep the podcast down to less than 20 minutes.
With the new transition and the increased workload at the office and my #WorkOnWellness goal I am committed to, I realize that I must go back to the original plan of the podcast.
I will be reverting back to the original one show per week beginning in May. I will do three days this week and next, I hope. That is my goal for the next two weeks.
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