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Published:February 18th, 2012 11:24 EST
LeaderShift vs. LeaderSham

LeaderShift vs. LeaderSham

By Simon Bailey (Mentor/Columnist)

Simply put, Leadershiftâ„¢ is having a high disregard for conventional thinking and intentionally disrupting the standard operating procedures in an effort to realign heads, hearts, and hands. The alternative is managing the status quo and doing things the way they have always been done. Leadershiftâ„¢ is realizing there will come a time when you will have to break with the old to embrace the new, to let go of what is comfortable and convenient in order to grow and expand.

Recently I had lunch with legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar and Jean, his wife of sixty-two years. I said to him, "Mr. Ziglar, what is the most important kernel of truth that I can share with people all over the world?" At 84 years of age, with the strength of a gladiator and the timeless wisdom of a sage, he looked at me without missing a beat and said, "when you help enough people get what they want, then enough people will help you get what you want."

Leadershiftâ„¢ is not what you want; it`s what your team wants and helping them get it every day in every way. What is the dream of your team? What if their potential, what are their aspirations, and what inspires them to compete another day?

What happens when a person doesn`t want to rock the boat, likes the status quo, and counts the days to retirement? Then you have what I call - Leadersham! That`s right. Leadersham is a word that I created to describe a boss with an agenda instead of a leader with a vision.

Here`s the difference between a LeaderShiftâ„¢ and a LeaderSham:

Tells you what to thinkAsk you what you think
Is always rightReleases the need to be right
Points out what`s wrong with youKnows what`s right about you
Tolerates youCelebrates you
Has selective hearingIs an authentic listener
 Mantra is "it`s all about me"Mantra is "it`s all about us"
Daydreams about vertical ascensionIs fine with horizontal reinvention
Presents your ideas as their ownCredits you for your ideas
Throws you under the busDrives the bus and makes sure you have a front row seat
Will only tell you "how" because it helps themWill tell you "why" because it helps you
Is an annoying echoIs an original voice
Loves dependent thinkers. Why? It feeds their ego.Loves independent thinkers. Why? It stretches them.
Hides behind e-mail to lead.Leads by direct contact and rarely e-mail

Which one are you? Here are three insights for you to embrace Leadershiftâ„¢:    

Embrace "NO" - I once heard someone say, "If you want to be a success, you have to get used to frequently hearing the word no and ignoring it. 98% of adults are conditioned to stop when they hear the word no. If you want to be in the top 2%, you have to get real. Do not let somebody`s arbitrary no stop you. Find a creative way to sidestep the no." Just hearing a no will force you to think. Leadershiftâ„¢ refuses to accept no and will find a way to protect their thoughts from stinking thinkers and get things done.    

Make meaning in addition to money - Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor at Harvard Business School said in a recent Harvard Business Review, "Great companies identify something larger than transactions or business portfolios to provide purpose and meaning. Meaning-making is a central function of leaders, and purpose gives coherence to the organization." I believe that meaning-making is understanding what makes a team of professionals tick and creating an environment for them to make a brilliant difference.   

Surround Yourself with a Diversity of Thought - Look at your inner circle. Does everyone look like you, think like you and talk like you? If so, then you may be limited to what they know. Diversity is more than ethnicity, gender, or religious preference. Diversity of thought is being surrounded by people who will provide a different perspective to traditional thinking. Leaders who are surrounded by people who only tell them what they want to hear may miss critical input from others who disagree. 

Today, if you are a leader with or without a title, you`ve received an invitation to shift. If you accept it then you will release leadership brilliance.   

Simon`s Sidebar:

On February 23, 2012 (12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM EST), I am presenting an interactive online session called Vuja de - Shift Your Thinking and Accelerate Your Results at Learn It Live.    

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Be Brilliant,
Simon T. Bailey
 Brilliance Institute