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The Value of Leadershifting

Leadershifting? What is Leadershifting? My friend, John Maxwell, defines this as an ability and willingness to make a leadership change that will positively enhance organizational and personal growth.

And why is leadershifting valuable? Well, I think we all know the world, and the rate of change of so many things - technology, social media, and the future is moving and coming at us faster than ever. The only way a person, and especially a leader, faces this without going crazy is by continually making leadershifts.

When I graduated college with an engineering degree, I did “some” continual learning. It’s only when I started studying new things to truly grow myself that I began to experience some personal success. And when I shared my learnings and put them into practice, I was then able to experience significance. Here’s the difference:

  • Success is when I add value to myself;

  • Significance is when I add value to others.

Many people do their job to the best they can, with the education and experience they have, but unfortunately, far too many leave themselves at a disadvantage for the future because they don't do anything that actually helps them to get better. They may have a wish to improve themselves, and to accomplish more, but they don’t put action into the thought. Hope is when we put action into a thought. Hopeless is what happens when we have the thought, but no action. People miss the action of leadershifting - They don’t make a leadership change that will positively enhance organizational and personal growth. If we are not careful, we continually repeat the same or similar situations because we haven’t found a method to address issues once and for all.

We all have fears that hold us back. Fears are not the problem. Leadershifting isn’t happening. We must learn to move forward courageously in the midst of uncertainty.

I recently saw the movie, Chick Fight, (don’t let the name hold you back from watching it - it’s quite inspirational!) and learned a great quote for dealing with fear. In the movie, trainer Jack Murphy (Alec Baldwin) says to Anna Wyncomb (Malin Akerman), “Outside the ropes is fear, but you take only one single step into the ring, and you are brave. The same thing goes for this world. The only thing that separates fear from bravery is one small step.”

We must keep getting better. Life expands or shrinks in proportion to our courage.Today’s best will not meet tomorrow’s challenges. We must Leadershift.

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