Sunday, November 1, 2009

First Annual Transformational Leadership Fall Symposium

Friday Evening, November 20 – Saturday, November 21 Chicago, Illinois


Learn from national and international experts and respected corporate leaders.

Benefit from the applied lessons shared by Brad Anderson, former CEO and current Vice Chairman of Best Buy. Brad is this year’s Transformational Leadership Award recipient.

Other speakers include Dr. Don Beck, co-author of Spiral Dynamics, a foremost organizational and national change agent in the world macro view of organization which will show you how to be more effective with the various sub-groups you lead.

Dr. Judith Wright , a specialist when it comes to personal development and transformation is you guide when looking at your purposes and passions in transformational leadership.

Dr. Robert Wright will add the neuroscience to help you be more effective and empower your staff even more.

Dr. Ron Riggio, co-author of a book on "Transformational Leadership" shows you how to create productive environments using specific approaches with Transformational Leadership

This powerful experiential event will give you what you need most to to guide your transformational leadership development.

Learn more and register at: www.transformleadership.org/leadership-symposium.php

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Transactional vs Transformational Leadership

Hi there,

Here is a quick overview of the differences between transactional and transformational managers and leaders.

The transactional leader influences others by appealing to self-interest, primarily through the exchange of rewards and services. The relationship between this type of leader and the follower is seen as a series of rational exchanges that enable each to reach their own goals. Transactional managers supply all the ideas and use rewards as their primary source of power. Followers comply with the leader when it’s in their own interest - the relationship continues as long as the reward is desirable to the follower, and both the leader and the follower see the exchange as a way of achieving their own ends. Traditional management is focussed on this way of leading, particularly if looked at through the lens of budgeting and cost control.

The transformational leader inspires followers to not only perform as expected, but to exceed expectations - transformational leaders motivate followers to work for goals that go beyond immediate self-interest, where what is right and good becomes important - these leaders transform the needs, values, preferences and aspirations of followers. They do this so that the interests of the wider group replaces the self-interest of individuals within that group. Leaders and managers that take this approach are more focussed on the intrinsic value of the human and the potential lying within.

It is not that one style is better than the other. Both are neccessary, but using one to the exclusion of the other will lead to limited results.

Richard

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Transformational Leadership Courage

My biggest mistakes have been made while trying to prove that I was different than what I actually am.

My most satisfying experiences have been those moments when I was real - I said what I meant, I meant what I said, and my behavior and my feelings all matched exactly. Many of those experiences were laced with anxiety, because I was laying everything on the line.

Others were borne of my willingness to accept the consequences either way, because I just couldn't stand being bound by my fear anymore...and the scariest experiences involved those who matter the most to me.

If you ever find your life on the dull side, tell someone how much you love them ...
Really HOW MUCH you love them.

Or tell them something you've been hiding from them.

Or both.

That'll do it.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Step-by-Step Transformational Leadership

Dear Leader,

Ever lost your way on your transformational leadership journey? You are not alone. Part of the unfolding nature of being a leader is about leaning into the future, remembering who you fundamentally are and being willing to rediscover your purpose and passion.

Only once you do this will you be able to effectively lead others as a transformational leader.

At times we all lose our way. Conditions and motivations change; inertia takes over. Good intentions fade and old habits take over. We get comfortable in what we know. Our vision fogs over and we lose sight of the path ahead, ending up simply taking the next step, without knowing WHY....

Sometimes
we can't see the way out
or the way through
becuase
this is the way.

All that is needed
is one more step
and then another
and another......

K.Bradford Brown
(founder of www.moretolife.org)

In times like these we need a way to reconnect with ourselves again.

Find your way of doing this, be it getting out into nature, being honest with yourself, recommitting to your personal disciplines, revisiting your goals list, or whatever helps you find your purpose and passion again.

To lead transformation in others, know how to lead transformation in yourself.
Light the fire within & fan those flames, whatever it takes.

Richard

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Transformational Leadership Age

Dear Leaders,

Just a few days ago, Barack Obama, the world first black American President, was inaugurated in front of 2 million people in Washington DC.

He is a man that represents all that is possible for America, and for the world, in terms of transformational change. He is a visible leader, that speaks his vision clearly, engaging those that hear him to see a world that is brighter, more supportive, less fear full and more accessible to the common man.

He is an example of what is possible with the power of Transformational Leadership and he ushers in an Age of accountability, awareness, responsibility and community.

Be inspired by his vision and charisma.

You can view his Inauguration speech here:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27721638/

and his acceptance speech on YouTube below.



To the transformational leader in you
Warmest regards,

Richard

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Global Transformational Leadership Movement

Hello Transformational Leader

There is a shift happening in our world. Our conciousness has become global, and our responsibility to our planet have become exposed. We can no longer pretend that we do not know the impacts of our behaviour on ourselves, others, and the world at large.

We have limited time to adapt to what is comming towards us, mainly massive change on a global, orgnisational and personal level. There are groups of all kinds rallying together to facilitate this transformation. Our collective conciousness is awakening, and as humans we are grouping together to create a SHIFT in the way we are with one another, ourselves and our world.

What am I talking about?
Just look around in the world and you will see disesase, war, famine, greed, murder, rape - just to name a few. We so often turn a blind eye to all of this, becuase on our personal world, it may affect us.

Here is my question to you....
" WHAT WILL YOUR LIFE BE ABOUT...?"

Personal survival in an office cubical, or working a job for th rest of your life, surviving to see another day, or will you stand for something greater.

My sense is that you stand for something more....
More life...
More freedom...
More connection...
More love....
More forgiveness....
More partnership.....

If you believe in these things, here is something to inspire you to take action and be a force for good in this world. For too long has the human race been separate.

It is time....




Here is to our transformation

Warmest regards

Richard

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Transforming Leadership Power Story - Beyond Rangoon

Dear Leaders

When someone risks their own life for the lives of others, it sends a powerful message of faith in what is possible. There is a difference between force and power.

A transformational leader may face some threatening situations, many not as challenging as the one depicted in this movie clip.

It comes from a movie called Beyond Rangoon, and will inspire courage in your heart.




What will you risk on your Transformational Leadership Journey?

Your life may not be at stake, but your ego certainly might be...


To your ongoing leadership development and growth

Richard

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Brian Tracy on Transformational Leadership

Hi Leaders

Brian Tracy is a world renown leader in his field of personal and professional development. He is certainly someone who has walked his talk, and guided the transformation of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people around the world.

A true transformational leader worth listening to.

Check out his article on Transformational Leadership here

http://blogs.briantracy.com/public/item/206313

Enjoy!

Richard

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Jospeh Jaworski on Transformational Leadership

Dear Transformational Leader

Joseph Jaworski , author of Synchronicity and co-author of Presence, discussed his groundbreaking work in transformational leadership.




Joseph Jaworski has written a book about Inner Leadership called
Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership






This book was first published in 1996 and has an introduction by Peter Senge. Senge refers to Robert K. Greenleaf's book "Servant Leadership", as the best book on leadership (to that date) and says that Jaworski builds on Greenleaf's thinking and goes further especially in dealing with the path of personal transformation that the effective leader must undergo.
This book takes the premise that leading is serving and gives insight to the transformation we must make internally, not externally to become a leader.
This is a truly stunning book,which has a huge level of honesty & integrity. It delivers a real message about our personal leadership & how we need to be if we are to lead by example.The type of book that can touch your soul & change you from within.

Warmest regards

Richard

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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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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Transformational Leadership Roles and Authenticity

Dear Leader

One of the most powerful ways you can genuinely reach people as a Transformational Leader is to be authentic. This, in essence, means that you are yourself when you engage others through your leadership. Now obviously, you are always going to be you, but hat we are talking about here is the Authentic you as apposed to the role you play.

If you consider two interactions, one being a natural easy flowing, authentic and the other being formal, role-based, transactional and black & white. The first interaction between a Transformational Leader and the other or group will have a dimension to it that the other lacks. It will feel different to those involved. There will be a BEING quality to it, not just a DOING. Successful transformational leadership takes this into account, for to focus on just one dimension of leadership is to be ineffective.

"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail"
- Abraham Maslow -

In transformational leadership it would be easy to get caught in role playing, rather than being your natural self, infused with the skills and qualities of an effective transformational leader. That is why you cannot just read a book on transformational leadership and then go out and implement it. Of course you still need to go out there and take step after step, trying new elements out and see what fits your context.

There is an experiential element that can only be developed by BEING, rather than DOING. When you find your zone or flow you will be balancing these. When this natural balance is in process, you will notice your Presence having a direct impact or influence on your surroundings in a harmonious way. Synchronicity will begin to play a part in your life and work.

The key to all this is awareness.

Can you watch yourself in your role, and see the bigger picture than just your immediate action?

Are you completely consumed by your role or are you able to allow your authenticity to shine through and touch the hearts, minds and souls of those that you lead?

Do the people that you lead trust you as a human, or are they just acting out their agreed role with yours?

Try out something new, and see if it works for you
Warmest regards

Richard

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Transformational Leadership Dramas

~Hello Transformational Leader ~

Something I have noticed in one of the communities I serve in is that sometimes people commit to a role of leadership, and then later on, once the going gets tough, they say,
"I was in desire, and no longer have a purpose to be in this role".

What kind of example does this set for the rest of the team?
That we can commit ourselves to a task, role or project with the purpose of leadership, and then pull out because we are no longer connected with our purpose?

Is that not the journey of a leader, and especially the Transformational Leader?
Are we not called to notice what gets in our way on our leadership journey and resolve, transform and transcend our fears of inadequacy and limitation?

How can we suppose to lead others, when our own lack of commitment drama is present?
We pull out when the going gets tough, or we lose faith, or we face delay, disappointment or disaster. That is not what leadership is about. Firstly it is about commitment.

As a Transformational Leader, what have you given your commitment to recently, and not kept you word about? No matter how big or small, not keeping our word or promise undermines our integrity and our personal power.
How can we call others out on their integrity and personal power if we ourselves are lacking integrity?

Be ruthless with this, because if it is present in you, it runs a part of your life. It draws power away from you. By simply acknowledging it, you can reclaim that power. Your power. Your authentic, real personal power.

You and those around you are worth it.
So go for it!


Richard

Developing Tomorrows Transformational Leaders Today

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Obama Barack the Transformational Leader

Greetings,

The media these days is abuzz with the next US Presidential elections. With Hillary Clinton and Obama Barack in the running, this provides an interesting scenario for us to relate to Transformational Leadership and Transactional Leadership.

According to some, Obama seems to have qualities of a Transformational Leader. He is certainly charasmatic in the way he is appealing to the American people. In a time that requires transformational leadership, we have someone like Barack that has the potential to deliver that reality.

The question is, are the American people that are casting their votes ready for that kind of leadership? Many speak of wanting a great leader to transform the way we are with each other, ourselves and the world. Does it really take another Great Leader to do this for us, or has the time come for each one of us to be our own transformational leader?

Whether or not Obama Barack is voted in to being the President of the USA, there still exists the ever real and present opportunity for each one of us to claim our part in the transformation of ourselves and the world around us. If we wait for others to do this, it may never happen. We must lead the charge, and vote for empowered, enlightened leaders to collectively show us the way on a global scale.

Have a great week,

Regards

Richard

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Personal Transformational Leadership Path

Hello Transformational Leaders

The path to being a successful Transformational Leader starts with personal leadership.

Its about knowing yourself and having a a clear personal vision. Personal Leadership is a state of mind and heart. Personal leaders realize that leadership is not a position or title, but an outlook on life and their role in the world.

It's about accepting responsibility for your own life, what has to be achieved and how to live it. Having a willingness to acknowledge your personal strengths and weaknesses. Being mindful of choices you have made. A willingness to confront oneself with care, recognizing and acknowledging own emotions and the power that they have. Recognizing that true power is comes from within you.

Why wait for some life-changing event to happen to you to shake you up and "tell" you that you need to effect changes in your life when can you take action and reap the benefits for yourself now?

So, what is the one thing that would get you moving in the direction of Personal Leadership development?

What is the one thing, that if you did it, would transform your life and leadership ability?

Take a breathe, look deep inside and go for it.
It takes courage, and it is worth it.

Warm regards

Richard Cox

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Monday, November 26, 2007

What is important to you?

Hello Transformational Leader,

What is important to you in this world? What is it that gets you going every morning?
Is it family, money, health, wealth, happiness, fame? What about other aspects like commitment, passion, desire, willingess, obligation or drivenness?

Each one of us has a unique set of values that guides our motivation and action. They provide sources of energy that we use to create the outcomes and goals in our lives. To find out what you values are, simply ask

"What is important to me about ......?" (work, family, life,money, leadership, play, etc)

Keep on asking the question and allow yourself to go deep into what is most important to you. Write each word or phrase down as you go, and then take a breath and ask the question again.
In this way, you can discover what is REALLY motivating and inspiring you to do what you do.

When you know what is underneath your actions, you may find that it makes more sense, and you will be able to align your goals and outcomes to be more in line with your values. There are of course ways in which you can reset your values. One is NLP techiniques, which has various methods that can be used to achieve eliciting values.

An aspect of Transformational Leadership is inspired change, from personal and group perspective. As a transformational leader, it is valuable to be able to know what your and those around you value. When you know this, you can tap huge energy reserves that were not previously available. When you individually consider each persons values, and then align that with the work they do, extraordinary results are possible.

To your ongoing transformation and leadership development

Warm regards

Richard

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Transformational Leadership: Integrity matters

Hi Transformational Leader

Do you what to develop the personal power to lead change in yourself and others?
Do you want what you do to be aligned with who you are?
Do you want to create unshakable trust with people in your life and business?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, here is the next one....

How is your integrity?
Now that may be a bold question to ask, yet it is a very powerful one, if your are willing to answer it.

Keeping your integrity makes a huge difference when it comes to generating personal power, aligning your purpose, and creating trust. As you probably well know, it takes a while for trust to be created, and sometimes a small event to make it breakdown.

Integrity may have different meanings for different people. One way of describing it could be - "Doing what you say you will". This could be as simple as making your bed, or taking your kid to the movies when you said you would. It could be going to the gym, or something as simple as making a followup call when you said you would. Being on time is another way of keeping your integrity.

You see, your mind is constantly watching you, to see if you will keep your word. If you do, it becomes your most powerful supporter. On the other hand, if you beep on breaking your word, your mind may not support you in creating the change you want to see in your life and business.

In Transformational Leadership, we have an important task ahead of us. We have a responsibility to lead the change, by first leading our own change. As Ghandi said "Be The Change You Want To See In The World".

To your ongoing transformation and leadership development

Richard

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Global Environmental Crisis Mapping

Dear Transformational Leaders

Here is something we all need to see. This guy has something incredibly valueable to say, and it is worth every minute. This is something you cannot afford to not know about.

If you have any desire to impact the world in a positive way, make sure you watch this and then take action. Our lives could depend on it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDsIFspVzfI


Regards

Richard
www.transformationalleadership.net

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Bernard M. Bass, Leading Transformational Leadership researcher, dies at 82

Bernard M. Bass, the author of LEADERSHIP and hundreds of other articles and books about Transformational Leadership, passed away on 11 October 2007 at his home, aged 82.

Bass pioneered the field of Transformational Leadership, and founded the Center for Leadership Studies at Binghamton, USA. His colleagues say that the was instrumental in transforming the faculty into being one of the best, with his passion and ability to apply his knowledge to real world situations.

One of his colleagues, Francis Yammarino (current director of the Center for Leadership Studies) said of Bernard Bass, “He changed the thinking in the field. He was the No. 1 researcher in leadership studies for years and years.”

Bass has developed leaders internationally, and leaves a legacy for us all to follow behind. The field of Leadership is constantly evolving, and with leaders like Bass, we can learn to become better Transformational Leaders.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Can Transformational Leadership play a part in the human crisis?

Hello Transformational Leaders

You may have noticed the world is having some challenges with us humans at the moment. She is getting a bit hot under the collar, and probably wouldn't think too much about wiping us off her face, like she did with the dinosaurs. Considering that the dinosaurs lived for hundreds of thousands of years, and some still live today, I would consider them pretty adaptable. Humans seem to be having some big challenges with changing these days, and yet we have the arrogance to mock the dinosaurs.

So what is it going to take for human beings to start working together on a global level, when we have such deep challenges working together in our own lives. Let alone that, but even with OURSELVES we have deep issues that we find hard to address, let alone speak about. We hide from the truth like it will kill us, and miss the opportunity to free ourselves and others in the process. Yes, some part of us may die (our ego), but then again, was it not what was causing the problem anyway?

Our current global, business, political and social leaders are starting to get the message, and there is movement to a greater awakening to the seriousness of our current situation. But is it going to work? Are we addressing the core issues, or have we missed something in our attempt to FIX the situation? Are we missing an enormous opportunity to transform what it means to be human? A chance to see into the future for 1000's of years, and see our speciaes make a powerful contribution to the way life evolves?

Is Transformational Leadership something that will contribute to the evolution of humankind? If it is, how can we get it out there more effectively? How can we get it into the hearts and minds of the people around us? How can we live the principles and ideals that stand for transformation and leadership in our world, be it on a micro or macro level?

I don't believe that it is the ONLY solution, but I do believe that if we started treating and leading each other the way Transformational Leadership suggests, it could make a significant impact on the way we create our future.

Find out more about it in our Resources and Articles section.

To your ongoing Transformational Leadership development.
Warm regards

Richard

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Managing Change at Work Conference

The Psychology of Leadership,
Managing Change at Work Conference
5 December 2007
London

Change is challenging. It requires leaders who are willing and able to learn and adapt. And for when change really bites, today’s leaders need to demonstrate a consistent set of values and behaviours in order to create continuity and a foundation of trust

Transformational leadership is about taking people beyond what they would normally achieve by motivating and inspiring them to exceed their goals. But for leaders, this is about much more than simply being charismatic or ‘leading with a vision’.

Featuring new research and the practical leadership lessons learnt from the Clipper Round the World Yacht race 2005-2006, this seminar will identify how leaders can successfully navigate through challenges to transform individual and team performance.

Led by:
Emma Soane
Reader, Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Kingston Business School

Dr Emma Stanton
Clipper Round the World Crew Member
Specialist Registrar in Psychiatry, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

To find out more, and book your place, visit:
http://www.cipd.co.uk/cande/change/seminars/psyclead.htm

regards

Richard

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Saturday, September 8, 2007

Leadership Skills: The Myth of Leadership

Hello

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading through a website that really speaks to me about transformational leadership and change today. His name is Harvey Robbins and he has a real, clear and to the point way of saying things. I found two of his blog posts upfront and really helped to verify some common thinking errors about leadership.

Some people may say " Why am I sharing a resource that is in competition to mine?"
Well, to be honest, it is just too good not to share. So here it is:

Leadership Skills: The Myth of Leadership
http://www.harveyrobbins.com/2007/09/16/leadership-skills-the-myth-of-leadership/

"If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
- Sir Isaac Newton -

Warm regards

Richard

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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Transformational Leadership Movie

Transformational Leadership often involves taking charge of a situation that otherwise would have been failure, or at least failed to achieve its outcomes. When this creates losses in financial business, often times we can become frustrated or disappointed- when it costs lives, that's when it really means business, and human beings have the ability to stand up and take action.

On the subject of war, and fighting for what you believe in, here is a movie worth seeing:

Twelve O'clock High (1949)

A fantastic movie about leadership - a study of transactional, transitional and transformational leadership. Starring Gregory Peck, the movie is set in World War II and revolves around the 918th US Bomber group stationed in England . Although their commander is an efficient leader, he does not have what it takes to lead the team to victory, and they suffer heavy casualties .

Another commander replaces him, and effectively guides and leads the group to become one of the best bomber groups. He pushes his men to the limit and helps them discover their own strengths. This give them a sense of empowerment and pride in themselves.

It is available from Amazon.
Enjoy it, and I look forward to hearing your comments.

Warm regards

Richard

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Transformational Leadership: New Applications - papers and studies

Hello Transformational Leader

On Monday, Aug 6 2007, there was a gathering of researchers and authors of papers and studies on Transformational Leadership in Philadelphia, USA.

Some of the topics were:

- Spirituality, Values and Transformational Leadership: Relationship with Identity and Performance

- The Influence of Transformational Leadership on Newcomers’ Union Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study

- Moderator or Mediator? Examining the Role of Trust in the Transformational Leadership Paradigm

- Goal Commitment and Transformational Leadership: The Role of Productive Organizational Energy

If you are interested in finding out more about the above subjects and their applications, the following link provides access to all the authors email addresses:
http://program.aomonline.org/2007/submission.asp?mode=ShowSession&SessionID=1063

To your ongoing transformation

Warm regards

Richard

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Jamaica considers Transformational Leadership

Recently the Jamaican Constabulary Force has considered using Transformational Leadership as a way to transform the quality and effectiveness of their forces. It seems that they are calling for change, yet have not reached the levels of transformation they are seeking.

In a land where violent crime is high, it seems that this is only the start of a long term change that is required to address a serious the serious social issues of murders and shootings.
The leading political parties have placed a great great reliance on the police to prevent and control crime.

For more detail on the full story, see below.
http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20070814/lead/lead9.html

Regards

Richard

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Authentic at the core

Hello

Well, the journey through building this website and delving deeper into what it takes has led to the topic of Authenticity. This is a fairly difficult thing to convey in writing as it is really about the way you experience yourself. My authenticity is completely different to yours, and yet there are some similarities. I would suggest that being authentic as a transformational leader is a key to having a powerful effect in the environments that you operate in. Without it, your effors would be hampered.

There is a great article on Where Transformational Leadership and Authenticity meet - check it out.

To your ongoing transformation and leadership

Warm regards

Richard



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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New articles published to Articles section

Hello Transformational leaders.

There have been several new articles uploaded, with some great info on what it takes to be a transformational leader.

Here are the titles:

Are you a Transformational Leader?

Transformational leadership behaviors

Is business becoming more spiritual?

Please let me know what kind of information on Transformational leadership you are a looking for.

Have a great week!

Warm regards

Richard

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Transformational Leadership at the Movies

Hi

I recently came across a website that highlights the aspects of Transformational Leadership in several movies. This site is great as it contrasts the differences between Transaction Leadership, and several other leadership theories, siteing well know movies.

Here is the site:
http://www.centerforleaderdevelopment.com/blog/?page_id=14

You will probably recognise, or even have seen some of these movies!

Transformational leadership is defined by individualized consideration (IC), intellectual stimulation (IS), inspirational motivation (IM), and idealized influence (II). These factors, along with contingent reward (a transactional factor), have been shown to improve subordinate productivity, increase morale, foster organizational effectiveness and lower absenteeism.

Examples of movies for each category are provided on their site.

To your ongoing development

Warm regards

Richard

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Monday, July 16, 2007

The Secret Language of Leadership

Steve Denning is a master of busines communication, and has distilled his wisdom into an accessible format that can be used by aspiring transformational leaders.

The book is a comprehensive guide to the nitty-gritty of transformational leadership.

http://www.stevedenning.com/SecretLanguage.htm

Due to be published in October 2007 by Jossey Bass.

Enjoy.

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Leadership buzzword takes off with US Presidential candidates

Although the term "Transformational leadership" has been around for close on 30 years, US Presidential candidates seem to have caught onto what their people want. Transformational change. But is it really acheiveable.

Presidential historian James MacGregor Burns, who was intrumental in bringing Transformational Leadership into clear focus, has his doubts. He says "it's hard for them to realize that you don't just suddenly turn yourself into a transforming leader."

Checkout the full story below:
http://www.centredaily.com/131/story/21141.html

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Monday, February 5, 2007

Personal hypocrisy weakens leadership impact

In a day and age that we work so hard we can barely keep up with ourselves, noticing our own personal hypocrisy is next to impossible. After many years of watching out for it (and boy is it a tough one to spot), I have found it is possible to make some changes to the way we behave in this area of life.

I noticed that I would say one thing, and then do another in the complete opposite. This happened especially with my partner. I would stop smoking, and then insist that she give up smoking. I would then start again, and not bat an eyelid. If I was challenged, then issues of choice or addiction or stress would be the answer, and there it is....got away with it again.

Who in their right mind is going to stand up and stay "Hey you, hypocrite, pot calling the kettle black! What do you have to say for yourself?" Who so indeed? There is a quote in the Bible, (Matthew 7:1-12), that says “take the log out of your eye, before you take the splinter out of mine". Of course we can also use this other way around to excuse ourselves from being personally accountable when we are challenged.

Let alone when it comes the time for us to hold other accountable. If our own personal hypocrisy is rampant, then how can we ask others to have integrity and be accountable when we lack the fundamental ourselves

Being a transformational leader means being willing to demonstrate transformation in ourselves, so that others may follow in our footsteps.

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Born, Bred, or Developed? Which one is true

Becoming a transformational leader has some interesting connotations to it. Some believe that leaders are born , others bred. Whilst this may be the case with hierarchical structures, in the world of any individual, everyone can be a transformational leader.

In most free countries, We have the choice as to what we believe, think and how we act. The bottom line is how we respond to life. If we have this choice, and do not take the chance to create whatever it is we want to, need to, or have to , then we miss the chance for transformation. Each experience challenges us with unique aspects to overcome. Be it in your home, work life, or on the sports field. transformational leadership is about finding the way forward without necessarily having the map.

You will undoubtedly find different parts of being a successful transformational leader challenging, depending on who you are, what you have done, and of course your attitude.

Life has two pulls - one forward one back. Like a tug-of-war. The one that wins is the one you focus on. If being a transformation leader is something that you believe you can do or be, then the chances are you are more likely to become one. Life offers no guarantees, so all we need to do is step up to the plate, and keep on swinging.

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Transformation Leadership Speaker - April 2007 - London

Chartered Institute of Personel and Development annual Learning and Development Conference and Exhibition

Over 8,000 senior practitioners, trainers, coaches, and people management and development professionals will meet at the CIPD’s annual Learning and Development Conference and Exhibition. The CIPD event will take place between 17-19 April, at the new venue, ExCeL, London UK.

The CIPD event includes UK and international case studies, interactive workshops and debates. It has over 30 seminars and an impressive line up of over 100 speakers including:

Heather Rabbatts, Executive Chairman, Millwall Football Club and non-Executive Director of the Bank of England, on transformational leadership.

For more detail on the conference, or to book your place, visit

http://preview.tinyurl.com/ys3rlo

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