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Why does opportunity from converted lead default to closed won stage

Knowledge Article Number 000230496
Description The default value on opportunity from a converted lead always defaults to closed won. Why does this happen and how can this be fixed?
Resolution This happens if the first picklist value in opportunity stage picklist is Closed Won

Please follow the below steps to reorder the stage picklist

1. Click on Your name | Set Up | Customize | Opportunities | Fields | Stage
2. Click on Stage.
3. Under Opportunity Stage scroll to "Opportunity Stages Picklist Values" section
4. Click on Reorder button and move the Closed Won to bottom

Note: Ideally prospecting should be first value in stage picklist.

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