Saturday, September 8, 2007

Do you live Transformational Leadership?


So you've read the theory of how Transformational Leadership works, you may have attended some training or even tried some the of the new ways of being out, with success or failure.

But do you LIVE it?

There is a difference between knowing something and living it. You might learn something new in your life, but until it becomes part of you, it might just dissapear overnight, if you don't keep your eye on it. When you LIVE it, the new way of being, habit behaviour or perspective is inside you. You do not have to MAKE it happen, it happens naturally. IT is part of your daily awareness and program.

Being a Transformational Leader requires a commitment to BE something different. Yes it's about leading change in ourganisations and others, but do you lead it in yourself? Are you familiar with your own resistance and what it takes for youto change.

When you LIVE something, it speaks through you. You don't have to become something ever time you want to make an impact. You make an impact because of who you are firstly, and then because of what you do - both are important and work hand in hand. This goes for Transformational Leadership and Transactional Leadership. both work hand in hand. Its not that one is "better" than the other. They are part of the same system, just different expressions of your potential.

There is the lesson of a Cherokee man teaching his grandchildren about life.

He says to them,
“A fight is going on inside me. It is between two wolves:
One wolf is evil—he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, anxiety, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, competition and superiority.
The other wolf is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, faith and laughter.”

He then tells his grandchildren that the same fight is going on inside of them and also inside of every person. The children think about this for a moment and then one of them asks his grandfather,
“Which wolf will win?”

The old man then replies,
“The one that you feed.”

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