Top 5 Myths about Leadership: Quoted in US News and World Report

Excerpted (italics mine) from a US News and World Report article by Robin Madell:

“The concept of great leadership is one of the most often discussed – and least understood – workplace topics. We may recognize certain people as exceptional leaders when we see them in action, yet have a difficult time pinpointing what it is that they do differently or better.

Myth: Leaders have to be liked….

Instead of being viewed in a popularity contest, leaders should strive to be respected and trusted. “People confuse likability with trustworthiness,” says Karen D. Walker, president and principal consultant of Oneteam Inc. “A leader doesn’t have to be a friend; a leader has to be someone whose judgment you trust and whose opinions you respect.”

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