"We're living through a historically steeplearning curve. Unfortunately, we're learning from unbelievably poor examples of leadership." So writes consultant and leadership coach Dan Coughlin in his book, Corporate Catalysts. "There was a time when people assumed CEOs of major corporations were great leaders. People no longer make this assumption."
Coughlin's message is well-expressed by the subtitle of his book: How to Make Your Company More Successful, Whatever Your Title, Income or Authority. "Leadership can come from anywhere in the organization," he writes. "Therefore, all employees need to understand the myths about leadership, what leadership really means and how to effectively lead."
Challenging the myths
Some of the leadership myths Coughlin identifies are easy to spot—for example, that "Leaders are tall," "Leaders are men," or "Leaders are born" (as opposed to made), or that leaders have a particular per...(register to read more)