Good leader vs. Great leader

Is there a direct correlation between a good leader and a great leader based on how they manage their gifts of sight, hearing and abilities to speak? Just put your head around this for a moment to imagine a leader without vision.

Great-LeaderThis does not refer to a sightless person but rather a person without the ability to imagine a bigger or better future, who ignores the signs on the wall, or who turns their head toward the sand in times of turbulence, like the proverbial ostrich.

There is a Vision/Mission of the company, but what about the vision master, the person responsible to draw the map on the canvass and share the journey they lead with their team.

Can we follow leaders without vision? Could your own employees be faulted for leaving your organization if they felt that you were blinded by distractions that kept you from seeing the obvious course of opportunity or action?

Taking this string further into the sensory funnel, are their choices that great leaders make to purposely ignore obvious obstacles and make daring choices in their navigation of the company?  Could not Thomas Edison not see that after 7,000 experiments in his attempt to invent the light bulb that he was swinging blindly in the dark?

The truth is that many leaders today must distance themselves from the chatter and traffic of the mundane and escape to an altitude that allows them to see things from a unique perspective, something that very often is difficult for the troops beneath the cloud to see at first glance. Being myopic will at best get short-term results.

The same could be said for listening practices. Should a company close its doors if they hear that some consumers are unhappy? Should they applaud the feedback and use it to course correct? Should a CEO execute anyone who has an opinion other than his or hers? How we react or respond very often will be the trajectory of the outcome.

Is there a time to faint deafness when the rain of criticism or disagreement pours down? Could reacting to everything we hear keep us on tract to our ultimate journey?

It makes you wonder how thick-skinned many politicians around the world must be to weather to storm of public decent over a policy or even attacking their personal lives. How great it does feel however when you have something to say and are appreciated by others when they stop and listen with undeniable attention to your every word.

Imagine how far an executive could get by winning the hearts of their team or suppliers and customers when they have earned the reputation of being an attentive listener.  Heard that?

And finally the power of the voice, the words that are uttered powered with emotion that can boost or kill the moral or will of the person or groups it is directed towards.Are we responsible for our words? Maybe asking a former owner of a now resold NBA basketball team could give us a taste of the unspeakable that is sometimes spoken.

Is it essential that we stop the car in the middle of the traffic to berate the driver in error who is driving behind us?  Does it boost moral when an executive rips to shreds an employee who made an error in front of their co-workers?

Do we have choices or any control of what words we speak and when we speak them?

Many diplomats have long learned that refraining from speaking from a reactionary point of view even when they feel they are right is often the better way to lead their agenda.

Of course, harnessing the human reactions to everyday provocations is not an easy task. We all lose it from time to time, and we all make mistakes, within ourselves and with the people we interact or no longer interact with.

The secret is therefore to master our internal communication, which is what we are ultimately going to be responsible for in the long run.

The newest approach to master this discipline is now being offered in a series of workshops throughout Asia and the GCC. Most people have heard the term ESP, which is the abbreviation for extra sensory perception.

Introducing DSP:
Discretionary Sensory Perception, DSP, is a system of alertness that allows leaders to know and understand what to look at, what to ignore, when to speak, when to remain silent, and who or what to listen to or not.

DSP is a tool that leaders today are able to master through a finer sense of awareness, a keener more highly tuned set of frequencies that turn AM into FM, analog into digital with a built in editor.

It embraces imagineering, diplomacy, censorship, at the same time as it champions a more vocal force of conviction, a caring ear to the people that matter and insight into a newer brighter vision of the future.

“DSP is a new discipline that enables leaders to retrain their behaviors and responses to stimulus that could save a great deal of pain in an organizations growth, “says the L&D director for World Class Group, pioneers of DSP for Business Leaders.

“Executives and leaders today that cultivate a culture of excellence may use DSP in their everyday life to amazing results.” In short, it’s not what you hear or don’t hear, or see or fail to recognize, it makes it possible to take control of the total environment by editing to a better outcome.”

The applications are endless, as they foster better relationships with people, whoever they are, and leave the executive feeling much more in control in their everyday life. People are creatures of habit, DSP simply retrains executives to develop a newer long lasting positive habit for internal and external communication.

It uses the Kung Fu Leadership model of ‘RESPECT’, an acronym that is central to managing the everyday life of the business or corporate warrior. Anyone can strike back when hearing something they don’t appreciate or saying something reactionary and most people do, but the DSP  workshops and coaching rewards  provide phenomenal results.

Today is all about faster and faster communication, even reactions have gone very wrong to so many when responding to a text message or email, and our sense of righteousness and our right to feel righter has bungled jobs, opportunities and sadly unfairly personal relationships.

What if DSP could provide executives with a built in SLO –MOTION reaction mode that gave them an extra 3 seconds to process instead of shooting now and asking questions later?

If there was ever a time to embrace this tool for progressive leaders, it was yesterday.

DSP is only one available skill that can be conditioned into the behaviors and responses of leaders, but whatever works, its time to take responsibility ourselves and keep winning with great personal management skills in excellent processed internal and  external communication.

About the author

Michael Tolan

Michael J. Tolan is a speaker, writer and corporate mentor and board advisor to several organisations. He is the creator of Mission I’m Possible series of motivational workshops through FirePowerLeadership.com and is the Chief Inspirational Officer of the World Class Academy of Excellence (Follow him on Twitter @worldclassgroup).

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