Myths of Leadership: Dispel the Misconceptions and Become an Inspirational Leader, Second Edition

  • 3h 2m
  • Jo Owen
  • Kogan Page
  • 2022

The best leaders are born, not made. The best leaders are always in control. The best leaders are those with the highest IQs. But are they really?

The thinking about what makes the greatest leaders is increasingly muddled by stereotypes, false promises and pseudo-science. The best leaders rely on fact, not fads. Myths of Leadership blasts away the fluff and confronts false legends head on. Jo Owen uses the most credible research to analyze each myth, using international business case studies, leadership theory and insightful interviews, to uncover the truth.

This is a compelling examination of the most pervasive misconceptions about leadership that will help you elevate your own leadership abilities, better inspire your team and empower your organization by thinking differently. Entertaining and accessible Myths of Leadership throws out the management jargon and skewers over-hyped leadership trends to bring you the best practical tips you need to become a better leader.

About the Business Myths series...

The Business Myths series tackles the falsehoods that pervade the business world. From leadership and management to social media, strategy and the workplace, these accessible books overturn out-of-date assumptions, skewer stereotypes and put oft-repeated slogans to the test. Entertaining and rigorously researched, these books will equip you with the insight and no-nonsense wisdom you need to succeed.

About the Author

Jo Owen is a best-selling and multi-award winning leadership author, keynote speaker and social entrepreneur. He is a founder of eight charities, including the UK's largest graduate recruiter Teach First. His books The Mindset of Success, The Leadership Skills Handbook and Management Stripped Bare, all published by Kogan Page, have been translated into eight different languages.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • We Know What Leadership Is
  • Leaders Need to be Perfect
  • We Have a Theory About Leadership
  • Leadership is About Your Rank, Title or Position
  • Managers are Leaders
  • The Founder is the Leader
  • Leadership is Universal
  • We Know What Leaders Do
  • Leadership Should Be Transformational—Charisma and an Ability to Inspire are Key
  • Leaders Communicate Well and Motivate Their Followers
  • Leaders are Brave and Decisive
  • Leaders are Visionary
  • Leaders Set Goals and Give Directions
  • Great Leaders Build Great Teams
  • The Leader is in Control and Knows What is Going On
  • Leaders are Born, not Bred
  • Leaders are Honest
  • The Best Leaders are Clever—They Should Be the Smartest Person in the Room
  • Male and Female Leaders are Different
  • Psychopaths Succeed as Leaders
  • Leaders are Reasonable
  • The Best Leader is a Skilled Leader
  • Leadership is About Survival of the Fittest
  • It’s not What You Know, It’s Who You Know
  • Power Comes from Your Position
  • Leaders Need Experience, Particularly in Management
  • The First 90 Days are Make or Break
  • You Can Teach Leadership
  • Leaders Know When to Move on
  • It’s Tough at the Top
  • The Buck Stops Here
  • It’s Lonely at the Top
  • The Leader Makes a Difference
  • Money Matters for Leadership
  • Leaders are Popular Role Models