September 8, 2010
Be a Leader...or Just Look Like One!
The challenge with becoming a transformational leader, however, is you MUST have an awareness of yourself (strengths, weaknesses, motivations behind behaviour, and the like) and you must have the capacity to forgive. Grudges, ego, self promotion, serving self have no place in transformational leadership. To transform people you must show a sincere personal interest in each individual, must inspire others to go beyond their expectations, must role model your messages, and must demonstrate charisma in a way that motivates.
I highly recommend the movie "Invictus" for anyone aspiring to transformational leadership. From learning names, leading by example, and understanding what inspires others to sticking to his convictions, Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) definitely walked the talk. When reminded that his actions may not get him re-elected next term, he replied (and I paraphrase)...As soon as a leader's decisions are based upon re-election, the leader looses all control to lead. - good point
That's all I got.