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6 Core Values of a Transformational Leader

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

In today’s ever evolving business world, quality leadership is now recognized as a key factor in whether an organization will ultimately succeed or fail. More and more businesses are now hiring those individuals who possess Transformational Leadership skills to drive their company towards long-lasting success.

 

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In our blog, 4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader, we identified a transformational leader as one who brings about valuable and positive transformation in the individuals, organizations, and social systems.

 

Ultimately, a Transformational Leader is one who empowers and develops the people they lead to become leaders themselves, and challenges them to bring out their best and take greater ownership of their work.

 

Last week, we identified 6 Key Characteristics of a Transformational Leader.    This week, we dive deeper into the topic of Transformational Leadership by looking at some of the essential values of these individuals.  We’ve identified 6 Core Values of a Modern Day Transformational Leader:

 

#1 Community, Cooperation

 

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Fundamental to Transformational Leadership is the ability to foster a sense of community via collaboration with peers and amongst their team.

 

Transformational leaders value cooperation over competition.  They embrace the philosophy that only through cooperation can we create more effective solutions to complex challenges.  Transformational Leaders view the world as an Interconnected System and recognize that there is a Natural Order that guides Emergence or punctuated shifts.

 

#2 Social Responsibility

 

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Social responsibility refers to a viewpoint that an organization or individual has an obligation to act to benefit society at large.  Being socially responsible creates trust, a good image and helps to foster a positive reputation for your company.

 

In order for an organization to be socially responsible, they must adopt a perspective of Wholism and a “Global World View.”  Transformational Leaders recognize that the part reflects and contains the whole.   They value doing their part to be socially responsible and recognize that this opens up new relationships and opportunities.  Ultimately, social responsibility helps to build a foundation of community and a culture that people can get behind.

 

#3 Service-Oriented Leadership & Altruistic Motivations

 

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Transformational Leaders value service-oriented leadership and are actively involved in creating a better way of life.

 

Fundamental to this attitude is the underlying principle that they are driven by a connection to a deeper sense of purpose and meaning as a leader.  As author Lewis Carroll once wrote, “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

 

#4 Balance, Equality, & Diversity

 

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All three of these core values of  transformational leadership seek to harmonize and unite differences.

 

Transformational Leaders understand the importance of embracing diversity as a key to co-creative alchemy, especially in regards to Gender Balance & Ethnic Equality.

 

#5 Optimism Towards Future

 

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Transformational Leaders have a positive mindset and are optimistic yet realistic about the future.

 

They have an Abundance Mentality, meaning they understand there are always new chances and opportunities, mixed with Idealism, and Mindful Activism.

 

#6 Whole-Process Learning

 

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Transformational Leaders have developed the ability to utilize Whole Brain Thinking or leveraging the full spectrum of thinking available.

 

By stimulating and engaging multiple senses in the learning process through new and creative ways, Transformational Leaders are fully enrolled in “whole-process learning”.

 

So much goes into truly embodying what it means to be a Transformational Leader beginning with the sense of community you develop within an organization.

 

Transformational Leaders place high value on fostering an environment of cooperation and one that is balanced, diverse and equitable.  They build community and help develop a positive corporate culture by adopting a philosophy of social responsibility.  Transformational Leaders lead by example and this begins with service-oriented leadership as well as having an optimistic attitude.  Finally, they understand how to use their whole brain to create and effectively lead their team members.

 

Stay tuned next week as we look at Creativity and the role it plays in further developing us as Transformational Leaders.

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4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Ask anyone what they think of when they hear the word “leader” and you will likely get an answer that widely differs from the next.  The fact is there is no “one size fits all” definition of leadership anymore than there is for the word management.

 

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The most basic definition of a leader is someone who commands or leads an organization. Yet when I think of the word “leader”, my interpretation goes far beyond simply commanding others.

 

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To me and a rising demographic of Millennials and Cultural Creatives, real leadership involves more essential qualities such as the ability to inspire and to exude passion, intelligence and charisma.  In fact, many of the traits we identify with being a leader are ones that encompass the ability to motivate and transform us.

 

So what exactly is this style of leadership? Enter the era of Transformational Leadership.

 

Originally introduced by James MacGregor Burns in 1978, transformational leaders are able to inspire followers to change expectations, perceptions, and motivations to work towards common goals.

In fact, a Transformational Leader is defined as someone who brings about valuable and positive transformation in individuals, organizations, and social systems. They empower and develop the people they lead to become leaders themselves, and challenge them to bring out their best and take greater ownership of their work.

 

Why is this important? 

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The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” — John C Maxwell

 

So how does one go from being an ordinary “command-style” leader to a Transformational Leader?

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We’ve identified 4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader:

Inspire

 

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Fundamental to becoming a Transformational Leader is the ability to inspire others.  People look to leaders as inspirational role models, encouraging them to be the best they can possibly be.  Embodying the quality of inspiration, refers to a leader that is committed to enhancing motivation, morale, interest and performance in the people they lead.

 

So how does one inspire those that they lead?

 

Express your ideas with passion.  Communicate with integrity. Lead by example,  Articulate your vision clearly.  Exude confidence in your teams’ abilities. Most importantly, help those you lead to experience motivation toward a collective vision or goal.

 

Awaken

 

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As Henry Kissinger once said, “The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.”  An essential step to becoming a Transformational Leader is the ability to awaken others to new possibilities and extraordinary outcomes.  Authors Bass and Riggio describe Transformational Leaders as “those who stimulate and inspire followers to both achieve extraordinary outcomes and in the process, develop their own leadership capacity.”

 

So how does one awaken possibility in the people they lead?

 

Practice authentic presence.  Act with integrity. Communicate a clear and uplifting vision.  Finally, show compassion, expertise and a commitment to a higher purpose in all that you do.

 

Connect

 

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Recognizing that the people you lead must feel connected to the vision and purpose of what you are collectively creating is another essential step to becoming a transformational leader.  Authors Bass and Riggio describe transformational leaders as, “those who help followers grow and develop into leaders by responding to individual followers’ needs, by empowering them, and by aligning the objectives and goals of the individual followers, the leader, the group, and the larger organization.”

 

So how does a leader embody the quality of connection?

 

By inspiring a sense of self-identity and culture in the people they lead with those of the collective and its mission.

 

Identify & Optimize

 

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The final essential step to becoming a Transformational Leader begins with cultivating the ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the people they lead.  Why is this important?  Once a leader defines team members’ strengths and weaknesses they can then be aligned with organizational strategies for optimizing an individual’s performance.

 

A Transformational Leader understands the importance of helping others to achieve their potential.

 

To do so, you must first recognize the potential within those you lead by observing them, getting to know who they are, what they are passionate about, and where they excel and ‘light up’ with focus and enthusiasm. In addition, given that no one is perfect, nor should perfection be expected, it is also essential to be aware of each person’s liabilities and then work together to find creative ways to redirect and steer clear of pitfalls.

 

Optimizing requires teamwork and taking a vested interest in seeing each member of your team, and the team as a whole, thrive and grow.

 

Once the strengths and weaknesses are identified, a transformational leader helps to guide those they lead to also see where they can become great when they develop their potential. Invest in the development of your team and their ability to become leaders in their own right. Finally, strive for steady progress rather than perfection. Instead of using old paradigm motivators such as fear, coersion, guilt, control, etc. find positive and empowering approaches to motivate. Identify ways to measure and reward progress. Celebrate victories together, even the small ones. Acknowledge, encourage, and empower with constructive and positive feedback. This further inspires, awakens, and connects your people to strive to the next level and push their own progression, so that the cycle of improvement will continue onwards and upwards.

 

Stay tuned next week as we dive further into the topic of transformational leadership by identifying 6  key characteristics that make up a modern day transformational leader.

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3 Keys to Increasing Your Value While Being the Creative Leader

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

Creativity is at the foundation of innovation and is now recognized as a key factor to success. Creative Leaders are those who foster an environment of imagination and are able to lead, inspire and drive innovation within their organization.  Here are 3 Keys to Increasing Your Value While Being the Creative Leader:

 

1.  Imagine:  Innovation happens through “Leaps of Imagination”.  Everyone has the potential for a healthy imagination, and in fact, our survival and evolution depend on it. This first key is critical to harnessing your consciousness and breaking through blocks to the creative flow.

 

Creative Leaders must be able to imagine new approaches to solving problems, breaking through obstacles, and planning the steps to take to see ideas to their full fruition.   

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Being able to imagine new approaches to solving problems, breaking through obstacles, and planning the steps to take that will deliver optimal results, is essential to not getting stuck and to keeping the creative process flowing through, until results are delivered. Check out this free 12 minute video, with 3 strategies for harnessing the power of your ability to Imagine and go beyond the box.

 

2.  Interact:  A Creative Leader is open to the ideas of others and encourages interaction amongst those they lead. Often when we hit a wall, it is because we are not seeing past our own blind-spots or limited perspective.

 

When you have others to bounce ideas off of, who also understand where you are coming from, then the interaction of parts becomes greater than any one can achieve individually.

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Interaction will help boost your work to a new level. Interaction and interconnectivity is a key theme in the Quantum Domain. Nothing is truly isolated, but rather entangled with others. Emergence of truly new ideas and approaches comes when we allow for interaction and open exchange of information with other parts, people, forums, teams, etc.

When you allow and interact, then you make room for synergy to play a part, making the final result greater than what you could have imagined or accomplished alone. You don’t have to know what the exact outcome will be before you start taking action.

Let go of having to control all the variables and learn to be more flexible and adaptable. When you do, you will feel a huge weight lift off your shoulders, reducing stress, and allowing you to tap more into the flow around you. Be bolstered and stimulated by the ideas of others and allow for something new to emerge.

 

3.  Operating at the Edge: As Creative Leaders we must learn to operate at the edge or to be outside the comfort zone of routine, outside the box of patterned ways of thinking and doing. Our “comfort zone” is the zone in which we feel most familiar and that we can “control” to some level.

 

Creativity happens when we allow for Unconventional or Original approaches and ideas. It is outside the comfort zone where breakthroughs and magic occur. 

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Operating at the Edge is a mindset and attitude that a leader comes to  embody. It is an attitude of thinking out of box, taking risks, being unconventional. It involves a mix of rebelliousness tempered with discernment and tradition. Qualities to cultivate include:

Enthusiasm and Passion – this usually comes from having a strong vision that motivates and is something you want to dedicate yourself to.

Courage – Being willing to take Leaps and make risks, while staying Focused, Persistent, Disciplined, and Hard Working in order to carry the creative work through to its completion, and having to courage not to give up. The important part is “Never giving up on your dreams”.

Operating at The Edge is also about learning to conduct your life at the point of transition between the world of practical things (classical reality) and the realm of extraordinary possibilities (quantum reality).

 

At Quantra Leadership Academy, we are dedicated to sharing breakthrough strategies with you and to helping you become a more innovative and creative leader.  Check out our FREE Webinar to help you develop yourself as a Creative Leader.

 

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