HOW TO TAKE THE LEAP FROM THINKER TO LEADER

November 11, 2011

HOW TO TAKE THE LEAP FROM THINKER TO LEADER
(from Wealth Building Daily)

Can You Move From Thought Leader to Business Leader?
By definition, most entrepreneurs are thought leaders. They have the ability to recognize a market need, the skills to design and implement a solution, and the drive to start a business from that solution. It all comes from within themselves. A business leader does the same thing and more through the people around them. Most entrepreneurs are not both.

In reality, a successful startup can be built by a thought leader, but growing a successful business requires a business leader. That’s why venture capital investors often replace startup CEOs as a condition of their scale-up investment. That’s why so many startups plateau after gaining some initial traction, and are run over or acquired by their competition.

Much has been written on this subject, including the integration and update of two famous business books by Steve Farber (former partner of Tom Peters), this one called “The Radical Leap Re-Energized”. Farber highlights succinctly the traits of radical and profound leaders (extreme leaders) as follows:

Cultivate love. Successful leaders model the intensity and energy that it takes to stay ahead competitively and meet ever more ambitious goals. They do this because they love what they do. As they continue to pursue their passion, they remain focused on the contribution made to others and to the surrounding community.
Generate energy. Ask yourself this question – Do I generate more energy when I walk into a room, or when I walk out of it? Do your actions create positive energy for those around you, or are you an “energy vampire,” sucking the life out of your workplace? Hopefully you are the former, and not the latter.
Inspire audacity. This is a bold and blatant disregard for normal constraints. Thinking and acting, “outside the box.” Audacity inspires people to do something really significant and meaningful. It enables them to change the business, the world, and themselves, for the better.
Provide proof. How do we prove to ourselves (and to others) that we are really exercising extreme leadership? The simple answer is “Do What You Say You Will Do” (DWYSYWD). The best leaders achieve their own success by raising the self-esteem of followers. They build credibility by looking for ways to respond to the needs and interests of others.

About Institute

Bob O'Connor, MJuris, MDiv, LLM in Dispute Resolution Bob brings a wealth of experience to his work as an alternative dispute resolution practitioner and trainer. He has worked with families in crisis for nearly three decades, and has mediated hundreds of disputes. Upon his graduation from Albion College in 1977, he began his legal training in England at Oxford University where he earned an M.Juris. He pursued but did not finish his J.D. at Notre Dame Law School, and later received his LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution at The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law. In between his legal studies, Bob earned a M.Div. degree with honors from Yale University, and then served as a minister, counselor, and teacher for 17 years. He has dedicated himself to the development of the field of alternative dispute resolution. He is the author of Marital Separation Agreements A Guide for Non-Lawyer Mediators (ICR Publishing 2011), Five Essential Steps to Negotiate Your Same-Sex Marriage (Forbes 6/14/12), and Same-Sex “Marriage” What’s in a Name? (ADR Times 7/9/12) Bob lectures in leadership development to the non-ADR community, and on practice-related issues in mediation. In addition to his private practice, Conflict Resolution Specialists, he served as a certified Superior Court mediator in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, and California. He also founded the Institute for Conflict Resolution—an education and publishing entity—and Good Decisions.org—a nonprofit organization helping at risk middle school teens stay in school and out of gangs. Bob founded the Institute for Conflict Resolution to respond to the need in this region for a premiere education and training organization. www.instituteforconflicresolution.com

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