5 Dumb Myths Too Many Leaders Believe

CareyNieuwhof.com | 7/7/2014 | Staff
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How do you know you haven’t fallen for a leadership myth that simply isn’t true?

Answer: sometimes you don’t.

Leaders - Damaging - Core - Beliefs

Too many leaders hold a few damaging core beliefs that simply aren’t true.

Myths are everywhere in our culture. It’s not that hard to roll our eyes at people who fall for urban legends.

Leadership - Leadership - Myths - Things - Leaders

But there are also leadership myths: But there are also leadership myths: things that many leaders believe that really aren’t true.

I think we’ve all fallen for a few.

Leadership - Myths

But how many stubborn leadership myths are you still falling for?

Once you abandon them, you’ll be amazed at the progress you make.

Time - Leadership

Here are 5 that I hate to admit I have fallen for at one time or another in my leadership.

Who hasn’t fallen for this? And if you don’t believe it, you’ve secretly wanted it, haven’t you?

Successes - Wife - Night

Yet there are very few overnight successes. Or as my wife has pointed out, it was a very long night.

Overnight success usually involves a very long night.

Bands - Passenger - Band - Perry - Beatles

Whether it’s bands like Passenger, The Band Perry or even the Beatles, musicians often struggle in obscurity and near defeat for years before they break through. Same for writers, businesses and many other leaders.

Even North Point Church, launched in 1995, actually declined in attendance from its initial launch over its first few years before rebounding and becoming the story many church leaders know today. Ditto with LifeChurch, the largest church in America with 29 locations and 80,000 people. Their first venture into multisite failed.

Founders - Years

Just ask any of the founders: they’ll tell you those first few years were lean and very difficult.

So what do you do?

Set - Expectations - Celebrate - Progress - Progress

Set realistic expectations. Work hard. Celebrate progress, even incremental progress.

As Winston Churchill (whose life was characterized mostly by disappointment prior to Word War 2) said, success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

Okay - Smarter

Okay. Working smarter...
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