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Navigating Rough Waters: How to Effectively Lead During Times of Emotional Turmoil

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By. Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Publilius Syrus once said, “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” And yet, leaders of today must possess the ability to steer the ship of an organization when the waters are rough.

 

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At times, emotions may run high and while the passionate energy of emotions can be a great motivator, they can also create fear, frustration, blame and defensive behavior within a team.

 

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In our latest series of blogs on the 7 stages of the alchemical process of transformation, we introduced the first two stages of this process, firstly, the breaking point or break down known as Calcination, followed the emotional release known as Dissolution.  This week we look at how you can as a leader can support your team through understanding that emotional times are a natural part of the transformational process.

 

As a leader you must not only be able to move through your own emotional ups and downs, you must also be able to compassionately support others through theirs.

 

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A leader who is equipped with this understanding can harness the opportunity for making breakthroughs and healing subconscious issues that are getting in the way of the people you lead.

 

In our logic-based, rational society today, we tend to frown upon getting emotional. Too many people have been programmed to suppress their emotions, compartmentalize, and disconnect from themselves in order to survive at work and not be looked down upon.

 

This is actually quite counterproductive because when emotions are buried and suppressed they become a ticking time-bomb or volcano waiting to explode.

 

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The reason is that Emotions = Energy. In fact, they are fuel for the transformational process.

 

Emotions are what drive us and make us human (for better or for worse). Emotions are actually not a bad thing when they are properly channeled to constructive outlets. The only time they become a hindrance is when they are buried, suppressed into the subconscious, and left unresolved.

 

A leader who can harness this emotional nature of themselves and those they lead, rather than fearing or trying to suppress it in oneself or others, is going to be a much more effective leader.

 

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By harnessing the energy our emotions provide us with, we can drive productivity and progress much more effectively.

 

Because until the emotions are dealt with properly, they will continue to get in the way of clear thinking and productivity.

 

The 15-Minute Rule

 

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One rule of thumb is what we call the 15-minute rule. We’ve all experienced getting triggered from some event or encounter and find ourselves still fretting over it and replaying it in our head or getting worked up about it hours and sometimes even days later.

 

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What the 15-minute rule tells us is that if we are still upset about whatever triggered us more than 15 minutes after the initial event, then it’s a sign that the real problem is not the current event, but an old suppressed emotion or unresolved issue from the past that was buried long ago.

 

This current event just triggered the old wound. This then gives you the opportunity to heal and resolve that old wound, but you must take time to introspect to do so.  And you must also allow yourself to ask:

-“What does this situation remind me of?

-When have I felt this emotion or pattern of reaction before?

-What from my past have I not resolved that is getting triggered now?”

 

When you resolve the old wound, then the current situation will dissolve as well. And, when you really heal from that old wound, then it is likely you will not attract situations like this any more.

 

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When your sub-conscious is clear and your emotions are current, you might still get triggered, but you will find that you consciously experience the emotion in the moment, without trying to hold it back, and it will be able to pass through in less than 7 minutes most likely.

 

So, this brings us back to that original strategy of going for a 15-minute walk when you get triggered or emotionally stressed by something. 7 minutes of that will be spent discharging the emotional energy and the other 7 minutes can be spent thinking of what to do to address the current situation. By the time you return, you’ll be in a much better state to deal with whatever challenge has come up.

 

Stay tuned! In our next blog, we will explore the clarity that begins to emerge after the emotions settle.  This is known as Separation, the third stage of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation.

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Moving Through the Fire: Skills for Navigating Challenges

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Most everyone would agree that life at times can be challenging.  Jobs change, relationships end and new ones begin.  There may be times of financial difficulties or challenges at work.

 

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Life, it seems, is always in a state of change, and through change comes transformation.

 

In order for transformation to take place, it requires a catalyst or a breaking point.  Last week we introduced the concept of this breaking point known as Calcination, the first stage of the 7 Stages of the Alchemical Process of Transformation. This week we look at how to move through this stage and apply these principles to a leadership role.

 

Moving Through the Fire

 

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 -Rather than avoiding or fearing the breaking point, willingly “move into the fire” so to speak.

 

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-Recognize the challenge is a sign that something inside you or your organization needs to change.

 

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 -Instead of being passively swept up by the tides of change, develop the ability to recognize the early signs that they are coming, and then lead the charge to catch that wave, rather than being pummeled by it. In other words, be proactive.

 

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-Make a list of the things you know are imperfect or getting in the way of progress, i.e. identify your “lead”, then make a plan and step into action to root out and eliminate those issues.

 

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-See the situations that are arising and “putting on the heat” as OPPORTUNITIES for growth, improvement, and ultimately for transformation.

 

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 -Take on an attitude of Embracing Transformation and find a certain sense of excitement or adventure in the journey.  To do this requires we cultivate a combination of courage, risk-taking, and willingness to sacrifice what no longer serves or whatever is getting in the way of progress (including and especially internal blocks or false limitations).

 

In our 7 Keys to Cultivating the Creative Advantage, the above attitudes relate to the 6th and 7th keys of embracing Uncertainty (as you don’t know where the next change will take you, but you can see it as an opportunity to harness new potentials) and operating at the Edge, or cultivating those attitudes and capacities within yourself and your team to strive towards peak performance.

 

Finding Strength During Challenges as a Leader

 

When you as a leader embrace transformation and proactively strive to work with and harness the change-process, rather than fear it or avoid it, then you will truly start to master your role.

 

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Thus, when a challenge or conflict arises, learn to redirect it, using it as fuel to fan the fires of transformation.

 

A leader must have foresight and help their team or constituents recognize the opportunity inherent within the coming change, and then support them to take a more optimistic or proactive attitude towards it, rather than a victim-attitude.

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To do this effectively, you can help reflect to each of the people involved about the role they have played in contributing to the issue, and empower them to be responsible. In reflecting to your team members, it is important to not come from a place of ‘make-wrong’ or chastisement, but from a place of authentic communication about the inner human side of change that is needed in order for the whole situation to transform to a higher level of order.

 

Furthermore, rather than putting the responsibility on the shoulders of those few individuals who might be at the root of the current issue, a leader recognizes that they are simply a reflection of the whole, or a symptom of a bigger issue.

 

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Transformational leaders understand that, “We are all in this together. We are all in the same alchemical vessel that this team is, and therefore, we are all responsible and we must all go through this change together and help one another through it.” This removes the negative emotions of guilt, blame, shame, judgment, separation, etc that can create “bad-blood” between team members and fester into even deeper issues. Instead, it helps to further pull the team together when they recognize that their leader is not pointing fingers at them, and rather is helping guide them through the change process.

 

Stay tuned! Next week, I’m excited to share a simple yet powerful exercise for creating positive change in your life or organization.

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Stepping into Quantum Creative Leadership

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

At a time of increasing complexity and rapid change, leaders around the world and across industries are recognizing that the role of a leader is shifting.

 

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The 20th century “command-and-control” approach, which spawned from the 18th and 19th century Industrial Age based on the bottom line motives of driving results and delivering numbers, no longer works sustainably.

 

Now more than ever, there is a growing imperative for leaders and organizations to keep pace and maintain creative advantage.  To effect change, today’s leaders must become Transformational Leaders who can effectively engage those they lead and guide them all the way through the change process.

 

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This includes being able to communicate and articulate clear purpose and organizational values, create a shared vision, build collaboration and teamwork, make effective decisions, and creatively solve problems.

 

Quantum Creative Leaders not only recognize that they create their world, they also have the tools and understanding to know how to do this more consciously.

 

So now the question is what are the steps to becoming a Quantum Creative Leader?

 

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We’ve identified 3 Essential Steps that allow you to access this transformative way of operating and ultimately elevate your creativity capacity to become a Quantum Creative Leader:  Cultivate – Quantum – Expansion

 

Step #1 Cultivate 

 

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This first step means to actively cultivate Creativity. There are 7 key areas for elevating your creative capacity and raising the bar to gain an advantage as a leader.

 

These include first and foremost developing your imagination.  Innovation happens through “leaps of imagination.” and so learning to develop your imaginative capacity is critical to cultivating creativity.

 

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Next, creativity requires multiple brain regions, including both hemispheres of the cortex as well as deeper brain structures, to function at its optimal potential. Learning to rewire your brain is an essential task.  You may enjoy our blog 3 Steps to Rewire Your Brain for Creativity.

 

This is followed by the process of allowing. Rather than stressing to pull out an idea from your head, you can simply choose to loosen up and allow it to come through you.

 

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Interaction is another key central to cultivating creativity.  A creative leader is open to the ideas of others and encourages interaction amongst those they lead.  The fifth key to cultivating creativity is all about Space.  This relates to both physical environment, as well as time and mental space to get into a creative flow.

 

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Cultivating creativity also requires you are operating at the edge.  This refers to being outside the comfort zone of routine, outside the box of patterned ways of thinking and doing. The final key is uncertainty.   This key shows us how to adapt an attitude of accepting, even enjoying, and allowing it to be ok for there to be unknowns.

 

Interested in learning more about these 7 Keys and how to begin working with them right now?  Check out our FREE video on the 7 Keys to Cultivating Creative Advantage and download our complimentary E-Book!

 

Step #2 Quantum

 

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This second step is about embracing a Quantum Mindset & New Paradigm Approach. When you do, you can transform your approach from one of limitation to boundless possibility.

 

Human creativity works very similar to the creativity of quantum processes. Quantum thinking takes creative thinking several steps further into really being able to Consciously tap in to the source where all creativity originates from.  When you are coming from quantum thinking then you are in a space of awareness that transcends and precedes labels, structures, and familiar patterns of thought.

 

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By first accessing a state of Higher Consciousness, we can then tap into the Quantum View of reality and become aware of the many possibilities available for making a breakthrough or a “Quantum Leap” in our creative thinking.

 

This Quantum mindset gives you access to a thought process that is creative, insightful, intuitive, and able to make breakthroughs or leaps.  With quantum thinking you can more easily challenge assumptions, create new categories, change structures, transform thought patterns, leap out of old habits.

 

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Quantum thinking coincides with using our whole brain in a synchronous way. In such a state we are able to radically rewire our brains. Potentially in an instant. Sometimes a 6-second window of truly getting into the Quantum Zone is all you need to carry you for an entire week.

 

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Getting into that space is where the art comes in. It does take some repetition to train ourselves to access it, but when you do and you really get the feeling of it, then it can gets easier and easier to recreate that experience.

 

Step #3 Expansion

 

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The final step of Expansion refers to one who purposefully expands consciousness outside the box of limited perception in order to make breakthroughs in creative innovation and problem solving tasks.

 

In Quantum Consciousness, we actually go into a space of awareness where the box doesn’t even exist.

 

But then once we tap into the new idea or inspiration that we want to bring into tangible reality, we bring it into the framework of the mind so that we can work with it in a practical way. In so doing, it transforms our mind, while our mind simultaneously works to harness it and bring it into form.

 

So Cultivate – Quantum – Expansion will take you on your way to becoming a Quantum Creative Leader.

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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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6 Key Characteristics of a Transformational Leader

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Have you ever been in a situation where someone spoke so clearly and passionately that everyone in the room stopped to listen more closely? Perhaps suddenly the room took on an energy of agreement and excitement as all became united under the inspiring ideas and vision of the one speaking?

 

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That person was displaying a leadership style known as transformational leadership, one that uses authentic presence, vision and inspiration to motivate others.

 

In our last blog, we identified 4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader.   This week, we look at what are the Key Qualities of a Transformational Leader.  We’ve identified 6 distinct characteristics that make up a modern day Transformational Leader:

 

#1  Embrace Transformation

 

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This one may seem obvious but in order to be a transformational leader, you must be someone who adopts a philosophy of moving towards change, rather than avoiding or resisting it.

 

Even more, transformational leaders thrive on change and get excited by the prospects of evolving a system or organization into something even better.  Transformational leaders are skilled at harnessing the process of change and driving it forward both intentionally and skillfully.  This means they have the skill set to evolve or progress an organization, idea or philosophy more rapidly.

 

#2  Personal Growth

 

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Another key characteristic of a Transformational Leader is their ability and openness to grow.

 

According to the Georgetown University’s Transformational Leadership Institute, Transformational Leaders, “Grow and expand as human beings even as they lead extraordinary outcomes for their communities and organizations. This trait is also about Expanding Consciousness and Self-Awareness.  In other words, moving beyond just focusing on the material side of things and tuning in more to the core self and essential nature of being human.

 

#3  Transparency & Authenticity

 

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Transparency implies openness, communication, and accountability.

 

It refers to operating in such a way that it is easy to for others to see what actions are being performed.  Authenticity refers to truthfulness, sincerity, devotion and intention.  Transformational Leaders are ones who lead by example.  They bring authentic presence, integrity, vision, and compassion into their role as a leader.

 

#4  Empowerment & Engaged Action

 

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Transformational Leaders possess the Courage and Confidence to take a stand for their beliefs and vision.

 

They also generate the needed clarity and inspiration to get commitment from others to unite behind the effort.  Transformational Leaders are not afraid to push their ideas forward, even in the face of adversity, challenge, and risk.

 

#5  Integrity & Accountability

 

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Integrity, or the concept of consistency around actions, values, principles and outcomes, as well as, Accountability or answerability, are fundamental characteristics of a Transformational Leader.

 

This trait refers to taking Personal Ownership and “Walking the Talk”, both by being the example, as well as holding that line with those you lead.

 

#6  Self-Actualization

 

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Transformative Leaders are self-actualizing people. They recognize that creativity, innovation, initiative, and an organization’s ability to thrive, rest upon its core values that come from this deeper pursuit of meaning.  

 

As the great psychologist Abraham Maslow declared, “What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization…It refers to the desire for self-fulfillment, namely, to the tendency for him to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.”

 

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True leadership requires the ability to inspire, motivate and ultimately transform us.

 

The modern day Transformational Leader is one who skillfully embraces change, values and strives towards personal growth and is clear and authentic with their intentions, actions and words.  Transformational Leaders take a stand for what they believe in.

 

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They empower and engage others to come together and collectivity move toward a shared goal and vision.

 

A true Transformational Leader leads by example, always acting with integrity and holding themselves and others accountable for their actions. Rather than command-style, these leaders are transformative and empowering.  Finally, Transformational Leaders are motivated to realize their potential.  They are self-actualizing. Self-actualizing people are driven by a quest for meaning and a deep passion to become what they have the potential to become.

 

Stay tuned next week as we dive deeper into what it means to be a Transformational Leader by looking at their core values.

 

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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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5 Qualities of a Modern Day Creative Leader

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In our ever evolving world, leaders are now being called upon to expand their thinking and skill set to bring creative change to their projects and organizations. A new term, Creative Leader has emerged to coin “the next generation leader who drives innovation through fostering an environment of inspiration and imagination.”

 

Here are 5 Qualities of a Modern Day Creative Leader: 

 

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1.  An Idea Generator:  Creative Leaders are exceptionally gifted at generating ideas.  These ideas may be totally new and innovative or simply a different way of perceiving an existing idea.  Idea generation is an art in and of itself.  Creative Leaders employ a variety of techniques to help produce ideas.  Examples include:

 

-Brainstorming in a inspirational environment such as the beach, a local park, an art museum, or even a kids playground.  There are no set rules as to where you should brainstorm.  Step outside of your office and your comfort zone and into the zone of inspiration. You never know where creative ideas may come to you.

-Meditation through movement or stillness.  Modern day Creative Leaders understand the powerful benefits of calming the mind through activities such a yoga, qi gong, tai chi and meditation.  Even a slow walk in nature done with mindfulness can totally rejuvenate your mind and body and open up you up to a whole new level of creativity.

 

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2.  Problem Solver: Creative Leaders are continually able to meet and overcome challenges by coming up with breakthrough solutions to problems.  In fact, problem solving is at the very core of what Creative Leaders do. They have the ability to understand the problem, generate quality solutions and solve it in a rapid manner. Here are a few traits of an excellent problem solver:

 

-Interaction.  A Creative Leader understands and highly values group participation.  They are open to the  ideas of others and encourage interaction amongst those they lead.  They involve team members with input into the problem at hand as well as potential solutions.

-Communication.  A Creative Leader allows for open communication.  They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves.  Adopting a culture of open communication allows for finding win-win solutions and boosts employee morale.

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3.  Inspire Others: Creative Leaders have a deep sense of purpose, meaning and fulfillment in their position.  As a leader, they understand the importance of serving as a role model of inspiration to their team. Creative Leaders have several traits that help them to inspire others.

 

-Passion.  Creative Leaders are passionate about their company’s vision and mission are are able to share and inspire others to  feel the depth of this passion as well.  They understand the importance of showing everyone the big picture and continuing to foster a positive environment in which others can draw a sense of purpose and meaning from.

-Integrity.  Creative Leaders are authentic, honest and consistent with their words and actions.  They create trust which inspire employees to believe in the direction they are providing.

 

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4.  Foster Innovation: Creative Leaders know how to support and motivate others to think and perform in original ways.  They believe in fostering an environment of imagination and innovation.  Creative Leaders employ a variety of techniques to help foster innovation.  Examples include:

 

-Sharing. A good leader will encourage employees to continually share creative ideas in brain storming sessions.  They understand the importance of keeping communication open and flowing through different departments.  They may even bring in props and provide art supplies to inspire the creative process.

-Education.  Another key to fostering innovation is to create programs that allow employees to keep learning and expanding their skill set.  Often times Creative Leaders will offer trainings or even bring in outside coaching companies to empower their team with new methods for developing their abilities.

 

 

5.  Project Finisher: Creative Leaders have the ability to see projects through.  They go beyond simply managing a project to motivating team members to stay focused and inspiring others to get the job done on time.  Creative Leaders are able to help their employees break past creative blocks, guide them to the finish line and ultimately see a idea come to full fruition.

 

At Quantum Leap Alchemy, we are dedicated to sharing breakthrough strategies and helping you become a more innovative and creative leader. Learn more at Quantum Leap Alchemy.com

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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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