Friday, May 30, 2008

Transformational Leadership & the Wisdom Age

In Stephen Covey’s 8th Discipline, he outlines the transformation of our working lives from an Industrial age to a Knowledge worker age. Anyone would agree that certainly our first world economies are firmly rooted in the knowledge worker age, whereas our third world economies are perhaps a bit behind that.

What comes after the Knoweldge worker is the Age of Wisdom, and it is Transformational Leadership that lubricates the transition between the two.
In a knowledge filled world, we have access to huge quantitative of information, especially via the internet. We get to take in, process and make use of more information than ever before. This does not mean that it is ever turned into Wisdom.

INFORMATION = Data
KNOWLEDGE = Information Applied
WISDOM = Knowledge & Reflection over time

We can apply, process and refine all the data we want to in the pursuit of Wisdom, but if our efforts remain in the transactional realm, merely shifting the data around, breaking it apart and reconstituting it, we miss the vital element of our own reflection. Without our own reflection over time we stay in the realm of the mind, and never reach the transformational levels to really break through.

A transformational leader will most likely be pressed for time, especially during the early stage of perhaps crises, and so it is important to break away from the never-ending grind of slogging away, and lead some personal transformation. Making time to reflect during the day, or perhaps before or after, creates space in our compact lives. Many of the most successful top executives take time to reflect or meditate during the day. In a world that we do not have complete control over, having this time is time that you control. Transformational leadership can be a demanding undertaking, and if you are the leader, but burning out, how will your team see you, and more importantly, who will they be copying.

As we move from being efficient with our time and energy, how do we make the move to being really great at who we are, and what we do? How to we make the leap of faith to surrender and trust in our purpose, letting go of the need to control all that happen around us?

When will we have the wisdom to let life guide us, to make the time to reflect and listen to our instincts and follow them, in line with life?
Our world is driven by our drivenness, at the expense of humanity. We forsake our higher purposes to be slave to our lower desires, and then complain that we are not making progress.

Transformational Leadership calls us to take a stand for something greater in our world. It allows us to choose to follow our higher calling in life, and to call others to do the same; to invite others to access their own transformational leadership potential, and bring it into the world, in the service of humanity and our collective good.

In our wisdom, we can do this. I can do this, you can do this.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Transformational Leadership Limits

Hello Leader

Well, as much as I don't want to admit it, we humans have limits. A part of us somehow believes that we are superhuman, and that we can do whatever we like. Maybe this comes from growing up, when we believe anything is possible, and are on a mission to prove it. Now not everyone is like that, I understand, yet there is still a part of us that is arrogant and omnipotent, thinking that it knows what is happening.

This particular part of us can often cause much trouble in our personal and preofesional lives, as we sometimes believe that we know:

- how life should be
- how others should be
- what should and should not happen
- how others should treat you
- how we should be

You may recognise the demanding nature of those statements. During our journey of Transformational Leadership, we will come accross many challenges, sometimes disguised as good intentions or worthwhile causes. At a survival level of life, sure they make sense, and are great coping mechanisms.

When we enter the area of peak performance, we are required to step through some extraordinary paradoxes that would limit the arrogant from accessing the truth. Until we let go of our demand of how things should be, we are often so attached to to this demand, that we are not free to make new, creative choices in the present.

Our limitations are not the ones we seem to need to prove to ourselves and others, but the ones that our mind imposes on us, in an attempt to keep us safe and right.

So where in your life are your demanding that things "should be" different, and finding yourself limited by that belief?

Regards

Richard

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Transformational Leadership Support = Trust

Hello

Each one of us requires support in some shape or form, at some point in our lives. This can be professional or personal, and most often relates to when we are going through major change.

As a transformational leaders, you are often responsible for envokng that change, and to be able to support those that are on the receiving end of your actions is a valuable skill to develop. Perhaps that is what is meant by Indiviual Consideration, that you take time to really focus on another human being, and really listen and hear them, where they are, right now, without putting your own judgements and interpretations on their experience.

Have you ever has the experience of someone fully listening to you?
You will know if you have, because the quality of that experience will have been different to any other.

So often, as leaders, we are running around commanding others and getting involved in so many different projects and priorities, that we forget to take the time to have quality connections with those that we lead. A succesful transofrmational leader uses each opportunity to connect with those around them to influence and guide in a way that lifts all involved. By doing this, a culture of support and respect is developed. Basically this equates to TRUST. Probably one of the mos valuable elements in any relationship, without which, our potential is never realised.

Transformational Leadership requires a supportive leadership style, to uplift and inspire others on a personal and group level - and remember leaders need support too, so make sure you have someone in your life that can give you the amazing gift of personal support through the simple, yet powerful gift of listenting and hearing you, without judgement.

Warmly

Richard

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Transformational Leadership Inspiration

Hello Transformational Leader

What really inspires you?
What inspired you to know more about Transformational Leadership?

For me it is the experience I have when I touch my own or someone elses life in a way that is profound and makes a difference.
There are so many states of being that are possible in the human expereince. From sadness, grief, through numbness, apathy, non-commitment, all the way though happiness, joy, and enlightenment.
When we transform from one level to a higher one, then there is a release of energy, in two ways. One is the release of the negative aspect, so freeing us. The other is the release of a more abundant energy that flows through us when we have access to the higher level states.

Think about some of these statements, and the kind of life that you would live if you habitually lived by them:

I can't...

I have to...

I should...

I must...

I can...

I will...

Each one of those statements has a particular state attached to it, and effects the quality of the results that are created. People that live in survival and impossiblity, are not necessarily going to be creating from a openly creative state.

Inspiration comes when we open to the greater possibility inherent in our situation, no matter how challenging. The human ability to transform our state is a powerful gift.

One of the elements of Transformational Leadership is Inspirational Motivation.
To stir the mind, feelings, or imagination of those around you.

What are you regularly inspring in others and in yourself?

Warmest regards

Richard

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Thursday, May 15, 2008

CIPD Leadership Conference - 3rd June 2008 - London

In today's competitive environment strong leadership is key to organisational success.

Transformational Leadership can give you the edge over your competition.See how HR and business leaders can work together to create an environment of sustainable high performance.

Transform your organisation by discovering the latest leadership techniques, exploring the latest research into global leadership trends and learning innovative new ways to develop talented leaders for the future.

Areas that will be covered:

-leadership development
-developing a leadership culture
-collaborative leadership
-diversity and leadership
-employee engagement

http://www.cipd.co.uk/cande/leadership

Regards

Richard

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Transformational Leadership & the Wisdom Age

In Stephen Covey’s 8th Discipline, he outlines the transformation of our working lives from an Industrial age to a Knowledge worker age. Anyone would agree that certainly our first world economies are firmly rooted in the knowledge worker age, whereas our third world economies are perhaps a bit behind that.

What comes after the Knowledge worker is the Age of Wisdom, and it is Transformational Leadership that lubricates the transition between the two.
In a knowledge filled world, we have access to huge quantities of information, especially via the internet. We get to take in, process and make use of more information than ever before. This does not mean that it is ever turned into Wisdom.

INFORMATION KNOWLEDGE WISDOM
Data Applied Reflection over time


We can apply, process and refine all the data we want to in the pursuit of Wisdom, but if our efforts remain in the transactional realm, merely shifting the data around, breaking it apart and reconstituting it, we miss the vital element of our own reflection. Without our own reflection over time we stay in the realm of the mind, and never reach the transformational levels to really break through.

A transformational leader will most likely be pressed for time, especially during the early stage of perhaps crises, and so it is important to break away from the never-ending grind of slogging away, and lead some personal transformation. Making time to reflect during the day, or perhaps before or after, creates space in our compact lives. Many of the most successful top executives take time to reflect or meditate during the day. In a world that we do not have complete control over, having this time is time that you control. Transformational leadership can be a demanding undertaking, and if you are the leader, but burning out, how will your team see you, and more importantly, who will they be copying.

As we move from being efficient with our time and energy, how do we make the move to being really great at who we are, and what we do? How to we make the leap of faith to surrender and trust in our purpose, letting go of the need to control all that happen around us?

When will we have the wisdom to let life guide us, to make the time to reflect and listen to our instincts and follow them, in line with life?
Our world is driven by our driveness, at the expense of humanity. We forsake our higher purposes to be slave to our lower desires, and then complain that we are not making progress.

Transformational Leadership calls us to take a stand for something greater in our world. To choose to follow our higher calling in life, and to call others to do the same. To invite others to access their own transformational leadership potential, and bring it into the world, in the service of humanity and our collective good.

In our wisdom, we can do this. I can do this, You can do this.

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