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Those who are new to leadership may fall victim to the many myths surrounding the role. Most people have an idea in their head of what a perfect leader must look and act like, but there is no set right way to be a leader. Here are four common myths about leadership, debunked.

Great leaders need to be highly ranked individuals
If you think that the best leaders are though who have graduated from the most prestigious colleges and taken numerous leadership courses, you’re not alone in that assumption. Many people believe that to be a great leader you need to have great qualifications. But, that isn’t the case. Leadership is more about how you relate to others than it is about your personal achievements. Take food industry personality Rachel Ray for example. She’s a household name and has amassed a $60 million fortune, all without having any culinary qualifications.

Following a checklist of certain behaviors will make you a great leader
There are many common behaviors that great leaders possess. However, that doesn’t just mean you should try to copy all of those behaviors to be an effective leader. There are many different styles of leadership, and what works for others will not necessarily work for you. Also, you should be trying to learn about leadership skills instead of just copying what you think will work. This won’t help you actually master the skills you’re hoping to learn.

No news is good news
If no one has complained about your leadership style, that must mean everything is going swimmingly, right? Wrong. While it’s possible there are genuinely no issues, it could also mean your team doesn’t feel comfortable coming to you with problems or feedback. When 2219 working adults were surveyed, 38 percent responded they wouldn’t tell their manager if they were experiencing mental health problems because they feared it would pose a risk to their career. Work to create closer and more open relationships with your employees, so they do feel comfortable coming to you with problems.

It’s weak to admit fear and vulnerability
Most people struggle to allow themselves to be vulnerable and admit their fears to others. Leaders may especially struggle with this as they’re seen as fearless and strong figures. However, discussing your failures and showing weaknesses is an act of courage that will help your employees to better respect and trust you. Being honest with your team members will help them to view you as more approachable and real, which helps in building bonds.