The Biggest Leadership Myth

Sam Silverstein Blog

In recent years, a lot of people have fallen prey to a dangerous myth, the myth of something called “self-leadership.”

Supposedly, “self-leadership” is all about taking responsibility for developing your own capacity and your own communication skills. Supposedly, it’s all about you focusing with more and more clarity over time on where you are going and how you’re going to get there. I have no problem with any of that. There’s nothing wrong with focusing on personal growth, and there’s nothing wrong with committing yourself to a path of personal development. I have a big problem with the label.

Something strange, and damaging to ourselves and our organizations, can happen when we call that process of personal development “self-leadership.” All too often, we end up focusing a little too much on the “self” part of that formula.

There is no such thing as “self-leadership.” It’s an imaginary construct.
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