A BIG FAT LEADERSHIP MYTH

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HAVE you ever heard someone being described as a “natural born leader”? It’s a common way to describe those who possess an alluring quality, a certain ‘something.’ Usually this person has charisma and an ability to inspire others that is remarkable and noteworthy. But why do they possess such great ability? Often the reason for their expertise and competence is written off as a mere character trait. Leadership is often spoken about as if it were genetic or inherent. Don’t believe this for even a moment! The idea that leaders are born, not made, is one of the greatest myths of leadership. In fact, at ConantLeadership we know that great leaders devote their lives to reaching, and embodying, that certain elusive ‘something’ — and their commitment to inquiry and mastery is what gets them there.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

Great article via @DougConant about the power of inquiry. As leaders, we are innately inquisitive–and introspective–at least we should be. The way we question, and what we so with the answers we find define our style and success.

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Founder & CEO

Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at GeneralLeadership.com, as well as his personal blog at AdvancedVectors.com. He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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