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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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


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