“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Mark Twain
There really aren't any undiscovered secrets about what good leaders do, or even how they do it. The social sciences, and psychology in particular, have described these things for us. And yet, some people continue to search for that elusive 'thing' that will crack their leadership conundrum.
Or worse, they hold onto out-dated notions of what leadership is, or might be.
We are also pretty clear about the relationship between personality and leadership. It is generous to think, and believe, that anyone can lead. Common sense, however, tells us, and our experience shows us, that some people just make better leaders than others. The leadership ability playing field is not a level one.
At Team Leader, our leadership workshops, coaching and advice is based on the well-established things that we do know about effective leaders, and successful teams. We don't make stuff up, or just spout our own ideas.
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is one of the new breed of psychologists who have challenged many of the traditional beliefs in the study of psychology. He approaches the topic with logic, reason, common sense and importantly, data.
Read his latest article from Harvard Business Review, What Science Tells Us About Leadership Potential