How to Be a Leader Who Catalyzes Transformation

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How to Be a Leader Who Catalyzes Transformation

Encourager-In-Chief: June 8th, 2016

How to Be a Leader Who Catalyzes Transformation

My June 30th guest speaker, Dr. Dilip, prepared this week’s inspirational blog for you. Enjoy!

Are you a leader? I hope you said “Yes,” because every person leads somebody, even if it’s just himself or herself! The fact that you are reading a Dave Romeo blog indicates to me that you are not satisfied with simply getting along in life, but that you want to improve yourself and live a life of significance. That’s the way a leader looks at the very important job of leading a group or an organization. The leader realizes that effective leadership creates positive change in an organization and in the people within it. The word that best describes that is Transformation.

The transformational leader first follows the advice that the philosopher/speaker Jim Rohn said: “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.” Such a person recognizes that organizational change, if it is to last, must begin within a person and then expand out. The transformative leader models the behaviors, attitudes, hopes, and aspirations of the organization. What happens is that such a leader builds credibility, believability, and trust. That allows the leader then to communicate inspiration to the followers. The results are that the followers get motivated and raise their level of commitment to the cause.

In addition to the excitement of inspired and inspirational communication, the transformational leader stimulates followers to challenge their own beliefs about self-imposed limitations. Such a leader encourages creativity and innovation and makes people believe that they have the capacity to solve their problems. A little online research will reveal to you how that played out in organizations such as Walt Disney, 3M, and Apple.

One more step that transformational leaders take is to treat their followers as individuals. Such a leader takes the time to listen, support, coach, advise, and adapt their leadership style to the person with whom they are interacting. What happens when you put all of the above together? Yes – you get an organization and the people within it changed for the better; in other words, transformed!

It’s one thing to know what one wants to do but it’s another thing to know how to do it. In 30 years of leading volunteers as well as paid staff, I have discovered that what really works is not just one leadership model but the ability to mix a variety of leadership models to fit the context of one’s organizational culture and the types of people one leads. That is why it is helpful to know a variety of ways to exert influence. Some of these models have been labeled transactional leadership, servant leadership, situational leadership, and authentic leadership. Having the knowledge, the skills, and the discernment to apply these systems to one’s situation is what I call Magnetic Leadership.

Register for the June 30th Dave Romeo Seminar to find out how you can apply magnetic leadership axioms to your leadership situation. I look forward to exploring with you and your fellow participants how you can become a magnetic leader who attracts the best that people have to offer to bring to fruition your organization’s hopes and dreams.

Dilip Abayasekara, Ph.D., is a Trainer, Executive Speech Coach, Accredited Inspirational Speaker, and President of Dr. Dilip, LLC.

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