Effective leadership in aviation is crucial to achieving the set targets, but there are myths that may mislead individuals to perceive leadership differently. The first myth is concerned with position, citing that a person cannot lead when he/she does not hold a high position in office ( Belker, McCormick, and Gary 123). This is not true since leadership is not about authority but an individual’s leadership skills. For example, Theodore Roosevelt was a good leader who advocated for the change of corporate reforms even before he became the president. The second myth is destination, which holds that people may feel that they only need to lead when they are promoted to high ranks. The myth is untrue since leadership skills develop over time. To sharpen my skills, I volunteer in peer counselling sessions in my school. The third myth is influence, which contends that leaders should emulate others. The myth is right because people learn from other leaders. The characteristics that make a person to follow others include integrity and resilience. The inexperience myth is the fourth one, contending that people think they will do better when at the top. The lack of experience is a barrier to good leadership. Given a chance, I would not go for a position that I am not experienced.
The fifth myth is the freedom that suggests that a person has the ability to do what pleases him/her when at the top, but this is not true because every person must act according to the demands of other parties, such as the clients. The main advantage of being a leader is that a person feels a sense of fulfillment when the company succeeds (Maxwell 253). The sixth myth is the potential myth that suggests it is not possible to attain full actualization in leadership. However, this is untrue because leaders need to believe in themselves, and it is possible to reach full potential. The last myth is the all or nothing, which holds that leaders do best when they are at the top, but they can still lead without the authority.
Belker, Loren B., Jim McCormick, and Gary S. Topchik. The first-time manager. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, 2012.
Maxwell, J. C. “The 360⁰ leader: Developing your influence from anywhere in the organizafion.” (2005).