• Ulf Lindberg
  • Jan-Åke Karlsson
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Ulf Lindberg

Jan-Åke Karlsson

TWELVE MYTHS OF LEADERSHIP

Due to a lack of usage of available scientific norms, there are many myths regarding leadership and organization. By utilizing the fact that natural and measurable levels exist in organizations, we are able to dispel some of these myths. 

12 myths about leadership was originally presented in the project Leadership for Innovation at IVA, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. We have now turned them into short 1-minute videos that can be viewed below:

Myth 1: Long-term thinking

There is no point in applying a long-term strategic thinking because the world is changing so fast

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Hierarchies are old-fashioned and unnecessary

Myth 3: Financial results

Financial results are quantitative and measurable and are therefore the only suitable basis for performance evaluation

Myth 4: Company Culture

The best way to develop a company’s culture is to compile and communicate its desired values

Myth 5: Charismatic CEO

The most important characteristic for a successful CEO is to be charismatic and action-oriented

Myth 6: The boards tasks

The board’s most important task is to hire and fire the CEO and live up to corporate governance

Myth 7: Accountability

The subordinate, and not the manager, is responsible for his/her own financial result

Myth 8: Capability match

When hiring externally, hire the individuals with the highest capability possible, preferably higher than your own

Myth 9: Span of Control

A management team should be small, with a maximum of 7 members

Myth 10: Tasks and Staffing

The CEO should work with the existing management team and try to lift them to the next level

Myth 11: Managing with values

You can effectively manage companies with financial objectives and values alone

Myth 12: Corruptive behavior

The best way to avoid corruptive behavior is to declare and follow up policies

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