Many people believe that leaders are the key to success, the answer to our problems, the future we depend on and the ultimate ambition to strive for. They believe that leaders are decision-makers who are far more important than followers. This belief is what we can call the leadership myth and it is so ingrained among both experts and non-experts that few ever question it. But just because a majority believe leaders are more important than followers, it does not mean it is true. There was a time when most people believed the world was flat but that did not change the fact that it is round.   
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Have not researchers proven that leaders are more important than followers? Well, when it comes to leadership, researchers cannot seem to agree on much. In fact, they cannot even agree on what differentiates a leader from a non-leader! Let us think about that for a moment. We spend millions and millions of dollars on leadership development and researchers do not even know what the difference is between a leader and a non- leader! So what are we spending our money on?


I believe there is a paradox here. Our obsession with leaders has made us blind to what true leadership really is – a tool to build strong collaborationship! Instead people cling to the old leadership myth.


There are many reasons why we continue to believe in the leadership myth. Here are a few reasons: It’s inherited. From childhood we are fed the idea that leaders are more important than followers. People confuse leaders with authorities. This means they associate leadership with power, hierarchy and dominance, all traits that are easy to identify. Leadership is a very lucrative business. Because it is associated with power and benefits, authorities are willing to spend a lot of money on it. People believe in the Holy Grail of Leadership. By this I mean they believe there is a worldwide, all-around recipe for leadership that is applicable on anyone at any time.
Read Christian Monö’s book:   Beyond the Leadership Myth: Discover the Power of Collaborationship A simple question:  What “leadership traits” have all our historical leaders, such as Julius Cesar, Jeanne d’Arc, Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Shaka Zulu, Adolf Hitler and Martin Luther King have in common?