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Myths of Leadership: Banish the Misconceptions and Become a Great Leader

by Jo Owen Kogan Page
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Pbk 288 pages
AU$34.99 NZ$39.12
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The best leaders are born, not made. The best leaders are always in control. The best leaders are those with the highest IQs. But are they really?

The thinking surrounding what makes the greatest leaders is increasingly muddled by stereotypes, snake oil promises and pseudo-science. The best leaders rely on fact, not fads. Myths of Leadership blasts away the fluff and confronts false legends head on. Jo Owen uses the most credible research to analyse each myth, using international business case studies, leadership theory and insightful interviews, to uncover the truth.

This is a compelling and practical examination of the most pervasive misconceptions about leadership that will help you elevate your own leadership abilities, better inspire your team and empower your organization by thinking differently. Entertaining but evidence-based, Myths of Leadership throws out the management jargon and skewers over-hyped leadership trends to bring you the best practical tips you need to become a better leader.


    • Chapter - 01: We Know Exactly What Leadership Means;

    • Chapter - 02: Leadership Only Happens at the Top;

    • Chapter - 03: Leaders Should Be Charismatic;

    • Chapter - 04: Leaders Are Good Role Models;

    • Chapter - 05: Leadership is a Rare Ability;

    • Chapter - 06: Leaders Are Born Not Bred;

    • Chapter - 07: Leaders Have High IQs;

    • Chapter - 08: Popular People Become Leaders;

    • Chapter - 09: We Can Learn From Great Leaders;

    • Chapter - 10: It's Tough at the Top;

    • Chapter - 11: It's Lonely at the Top;

    • Chapter - 12: Good Leaders Can Lead Any Kind of Business;

    • Chapter - 13: Leaders Succeed Purely On Merit;

    • Chapter - 14: Leaders Deserve Exceptional Rewards;

    • Chapter - 15: Power Comes From Your Rank;

    • Chapter - 16: Leaders Give Orders and Direction;

    • Chapter - 17: Leaders Are Infallible;

    • Chapter - 18: Leadership Comes With Experience;

    • Chapter - 19: You Have To Be a Good Manager Before You Can Be A Good Leader;

    • Chapter - 20: You Can Study Leadership;

    • Chapter - 21: Leaders Know What Is Going On Around Them at All Times;

    • Chapter - 22: Leaders Are Always in Control;

    • Chapter - 23: The Person Who Starts the Team/Project/Company Should Be the One to Lead It;

    • Chapter - 24: The Best Team Player Makes the Best Leader;

    • Chapter - 25: The Leader is Indispensable;

    • Chapter - 26: Male and Female Leaders are Different;

    • Chapter - 27: Leaders Have Big Personalities;

    • Chapter - 28: Leaders Must Be Humble;

    • Chapter - 29: Leaders Develop Talent and Succession;

    • Chapter - 30: You Will Be Remembered For What You Achieve;

    • Chapter - 31: Evil Leaders Are Always Bad Leaders;

    • Chapter - 32: Leaders Value Diversity;

    • Chapter - 33: Leaders Don't Value Being Challenged;

    • Chapter - 34: Leaders Know When to Step Down;

    • Chapter - 35: Leadership is Always Earned


"Jo Owen's newest book is full of pragmatic advice which cuts through the myths and rhetoric around leadership and really gets to the heart of what it is that makes great leaders. It is also full of great take away examples which are relevant at ev
Jo Owen is a best-selling and multi-award winning leadership author, keynote speaker and social entrepreneur. He is a founder of eight charities, including the UK's largest graduate recruiter Teach First. His books The Mindset of Success, The Leadership Skills Handbook and Management Stripped Bare, all published by Kogan Page, have been translated into eight different languages.