The true measure of leadership is influence- nothing more nothing
The new book, Leadership 101, written by John C. Maxwell who
discusses several aspects of leadership. He says if you don't have
influence you will never be able to lead others.
So how do you find and measure influence? True leadership cannot
be awarded, appointed, or assigned. It comes only from influence.
There are plenty of misconceptions and myths that people embrace
about leaders and leadership. Here are five common ones:
* The Management Myth.
A widespread misunderstanding is that leading and managing are
one and the same. Up until a few years ago, books that claimed to be
on leadership were often really about management. The main
difference between the two is that leadership is about influencing
people to follow, while management focuses on maintaining systems
and processes. The best way to test whether a person can lead rather
than just manage is to ask him to create positive change. Managers
can maintain direction, but they can't change it. To move people in
a new direction, you need influence.
* The Entrepreneur Myth.
Frequently, people assume that all salespeople and entrepreneurs
are leaders. But that's not always the case. You may remember the
Ronco commercials that appeared on television years ago. They sold
items such as the Veg-O-Matic, Pocket Fisherman and Inside-the-
shell egg scrambler. Those products were the brainchildren of an
entrepreneur named Ron Popeil. Called the salesman of the century,
he has also appeared in numerous infomercials for products such as
spray-on relief for baldness and food dehydrating devices.
Popeil is certainly enterprising, innovative, and successful,
especially if you measure him by the $300 million in sales his
products have earned. But that doesn't make him a leader. People may
be buying what he has to sell, but they're not following him. At
best, he is able to persuade people for a moment, but he holds no
long-term influence with them.
* The Knowledge Myth.
Sir Francis Bacon said, "Knowledge is power." Most people,
believing power is the essence of leadership, naturally assume that
those who possess knowledge and intelligence are leaders. But that
isn't automatically true. You can visit any major university and
meet brilliant research scientists and philosophers whose ability to
think is so high that it's off the charts, but whose ability to lead
is so low that it doesn't even register on the charts. …