Awhile back I read a book entitled Becoming a Resonant Leader, by McKee, Boyatzis, and Johnston. If you are leading in any capacity I think you will find this insightful book well worth your time. Be prepared, it is filled with many exercises for your involvement. In many ways this is the power of the book. If you do the exercises it forces you to deeply think through your current leadership effectiveness and aim for something higher.
Here are three leadership myths that can make the difference between resonance and dissonance:
1. Smart is Good Enough
The authors make the case that what really sets good leaders apart is their ability to have strong social and emotional intelligence. Intellectual and technical knowledge are critical, but the ability to manage yourself and connect well with others is even more crucial.
2. Your Mood Does Not Matter
Good leaders are dispensers of hope, and emotions are contagious. The people you lead pick up your hope quotient. If you are negative or withdrawn you are robbing your self and those you lead of necessary energy. If you are hopeful and positive, you can do just the opposite.
3. Great Leaders Can Thrive on Constant Pressure
This is the myth that good leaders can always take the heat and lead well. Not true. The authors make a great case that all good leaders need to renew and refresh on a regular basis. This one especially rang true to me. A reflective and refreshed leader will always lead better. But you have to decide that this is critical for you to do so.
Pick up the book and give it a read and let me know what you think.