Myth #1 Position Myth
People often think that in order to get results and help others become productive, they must be above them in leadership. However, that’s not the case in most situations. You can encourage anyone, no matter what level of hierarchy you are on by just letting them know that you believe in them. When someone knows that people have faith in them, their confidence grows and they tend to work harder, and achieve more results.
Myth #2 Destination Myth
Group projects can either be super fun and easy, or stressful and difficult. If no one steps up and takes ownership, is there really anyone leading the project? No, there isn’t, so it is crucial for someone to become the leader of a project. Or else, there may be miscommunication, bottled up emotions, or passive aggressiveness. Personally, I lead others when a leader is needed. I don’t mind stepping up to the plate however if someone has “claimed” the role, I will gladly assist them and put my 100% into the group.
Myth #3 Influence Myth
Coming from experience of being a leader and following a leader, I first look to see if he/she can work well with others, has communication skills and is able to stay on task. If they are convincing and confident, this also prompts me to follow them as well.
Myth #4 Inexperience Myth
When you are the chair of a committee, making executive decisions can be difficult. Some people are going to agree with your decision, while others will think differently. Before making a decision, chairs should consider the following:
-What are the pros and cons of this decision?
-Should you reconsider the decision?
-Or, should you ask for another opinion?
Myth #5 Freedom Myth
A myth often thought is that once you are at the top you have no one to answer to. However, leaders/chairs answer to the people on the committees, the other chairs and possibly any higher power above them (teachers, mentors, etc.)
Myth #6 Potential Myth
I believe that I am capable of whatever I put my mind to. As long as I work hard enough I can achieve anything I strive for. Reaching my potential would look like happiness, growth as a leader and confidence.
Myth #7 All-or-Nothing Myth
When faced with the reality that for the most part, you’ll never become a CEO of a major corporation, some people tend to throw in the towel and give up leading all together. However, you won’t be able to advance in the workplace if you decide to do nothing but the job you were assigned. Although you may not become the CEO, you can climb the ladder to a place where you are content but still challenges you, or with the opportunities given, you could find another job that you’ll know that you will enjoy because of the place that you were at, at your previous job.