Myth 1: People need to possess the top title to achieve results and help others become productive.
I admit that having the top title may prompt your subordinates to become more productive because of the title (like how in the real world working class people unconsciously lower their self-worth in fear of being rejected by their higher-ups), therefore it’s likely you’ll receive results. However, you certainly don’t need to possess the top title to make a difference. Your title, which is essentially just a word that states your position, does not limit your ability to contribute to the team; in fact, I think people with lower position hold the same, if not more power to control the group’s success. Achievements and the ability to help others become productive simply isn’t something that comes with your title. No matter who you are, someone is being influenced by you.
Myth 2: Becoming the person you desire to be.
To become the person you want to be, you must firmly state your goal and have the determination to reach it. Though this may not be the most pleasant process, it is also important to recognize your flaws/weak points/bad habits and set a plan to correct it. Change isn’t something that happens overnight. One day of hard work might not make a big difference, but if you persevere and find the motivation to charge towards your goal then one day, you will become the person you aspire to be.
Myth 3: Reasons that prompt you to follow someone else.
Everyone has different tastes, beliefs, values, backgrounds, etc., which is why you probably won’t find another person that agrees absolutely 100% with you. We all come from different perspectives, therefore we will all come up with different answers. It is sometimes important to let go of your set of perspective and think about where the others are coming from. If what my peer says sound logical, is reasonable, is something I am able to accept quite easily, and points out things that I haven’t yet thought about, then I consider dropping my side of the argument and following their lead (unless I’m really, really confident in my solution, which is a different story). This does not mean you can’t contribute anymore. You might take their idea and put in some of your own to make it more satisfying (or in other words, compromise).
Myth 4: How often the people in my quad/committee question or criticize the decisions made by the leader.
The answer would be very often, almost constantly. I think this also speaks for the entire TALONS classroom as well, since we clearly never come to an agreement quickly. This is, in a way, really effective since it eliminates almost every problem you can possibly think of while still satisfying most of the population.
Myth 5: The weight of your responsibility increases as you move up in an organization.
I completely agree. The higher up you are, the more you will feel pressure to put in more work, take on more responsibility, and do even better than you did before. More people will look up to you, put their trust in to you, put their hope in you, and rely on you. It’s now your job to act upon it and not let them down. In addition to this, you are now responsible for all of those people that answer to you. On top of your own worries, you will also have to deal with everyone else’s problems. It’s likely that you’ll become overly sensitive about failure, which adds even more stress to your life. This is a very tiring task that takes a lot of mental energy and determination to do well in; it’s definitely not time to sit back and drink tea.
Myth 6: Relate “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” (Eleanor Roosevelt) to allowing a title or position to limit your position.
This quote basically means no one has the right to put you in a lower position without you agreeing to it. There are times when your level of confidence will decrease when working at a lower position. You might think, “There’s a limit to what I am able to do,” which then turns into “I can never do as much compared to people of higher positions because clearly I am inferior.” These negative thoughts greatly restrict what you are capable of doing therefore preventing you from reaching your potential.
Myth 7: The reality for most people is that they will never be the CEO. They should just give up leading altogether.
It’s true that the majority of the population will never grow to become the CEO of a company, however this fact should not deter anyone from leading. Sure, only the selected few will be the CEO, but every single one of the members can become a leader. Just because the CEO holds a lot of power doesn’t mean leadership isn’t needed between everyone else. Without even giving it a try, you will never know what you are capable of. Not being the CEO isn’t the end of the world. There will always be tasks that require your leadership; many opportunities await (“Opportunity is for those who are prepared,” says the Chinese).