3 Common Myths About Management | HBS Online - Deepstash
3 Common Myths About Management | HBS Online

3 Common Myths About Management | HBS Online

Curated from: online.hbs.edu

Ideas, facts & insights covering these topics:

3 ideas


413 reads


Explore the World's Best Ideas

Join today and uncover 100+ curated journeys from 50+ topics. Unlock access to our mobile app with extensive features.

Myth: Management and Leadership are the Same Things

Myth: Management and Leadership are the Same Things

It’s possible to be a great manager and not a great leader, or vice versa. Rarely, individuals are both at the same time.

The minute a process needs to be changed, either because of internal or external forces, the manager who lacks leadership ability often struggles to “rally the troops” to a new normal. Similarly, a great leader who has little managerial skills can pull a team in several directions with too much vision, creating a lot of noise but little in the way of results. It’s critical that great managers either learn leadership skills or align themselves with good leaders.


190 reads

Myth: Managers Can Make People Do Things

The title “manager” implies exactly this. The Oxford Dictionary defines “manage” as to “be in charge of (a company, establishment, or undertaking).” Surely that means, as a manager, you command and people jump? If only it were that simple.

No matter the title, you don’t inspire people by pointing at something and saying, “Do that!” Rather, you bring them along by giving them a reason to “do that.” What sort of reason? It just needs to make sense; it needs to tie the work to some end objective.


110 reads

Myth: Good Managers Can Manage Anything

This myth may be a bit surprising. You’ve likely known or read about someone who seems to have the golden touch when it comes to management.

The reason for such success is often misunderstood. Usually, it’s attributed to the manager’s ability to organize people, institute processes, and adapt as new information becomes available. There’s little doubt that these skills matter. But the other, less discussed aspect of a successful manager’s behavior is this: They hire and nurture the right people and get rid of those who don’t perform.


113 reads



Living in my own world. I'm naive and honest, straightforward.

Liliana A.'s ideas are part of this journey:

Onboarding Matters

Learn more about business with this collection

How to create a successful onboarding process

Why onboarding is crucial for customer retention

How to measure the success of onboarding

Related collections

Similar ideas

Debunking Management Myths

2 ideas

Debunking Management Myths


Becoming the Boss

9 ideas

Top 5 common health myths debunked

5 ideas

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Personalized microlearning

100+ Learning Journeys

Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates