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Transforming Leadership Makes All the Difference

Leadership: The activity of leading; the position of office of a leader; an act or instance of leading, guidance, direction; ability to lead; function of a leader

Transforming Leadership Is Everything

Before you assume that leadership doesn’t apply to you because you think you’re not a leader, let me suggest that everyone is a leader at some level. From serving as CEO of a Fortune 500 company, to running your own business, to parenting, to leading your own life, the principles and skills are the same. Without Transforming Leadership Skills, organizational and personal success levels will be compromised.

Good leadership is lacking across almost all cultures and countries at all levels of people’s lives. Are you noticing this trend? It’s a very frustrating situation.

Here are a few examples of lack of leadership:

  • Leaders who avoid conflict or difficult conversations
  • Leaders who are unwilling or able to hold others accountable
  • Leaders who tell and are unable to find out what is “really” going on
  • Leaders who don’t know where they are going and unclear about their vision and values
  • Leaders who are not aware of the style strengths and weaknesses of their team members
  • Leaders who are unable to create a safe work environment – both emotionally and physically
  • Leaders who make it all about themselves, instead of the institution/group they are serving

And on it goes.

In his book, Good to Great (2001), author Jim Collins confirmed that the most successful organizations have what he calls “Level 5 Leaders.” Those qualifications are found in CRG’s Leadership Skills Inventory – Self and Transforming Leadership book.

In a leadership survey over 70% of individuals held the opinion that their supervisor or leader was actually incompetent! And in my MBA research it was confirmed that the number one factor that affects staff morale is the manager or supervisor you report to:

There is obviously a major disconnect between what or who leaders think they are and what is really going on.

Here is the reality—most leaders don’t know what they don’t know!

While Jim Collins talked about Level 5 Leaders, he never outlined the skills required to become one. However, after 40 years of research, CRG has documented the required skills and competencies in the Transforming Leadership Model and Leadership Skills Assessment.

What Are the Qualifications of Transforming Leaders?

  • Transforming leaders get results and are catalysts to achieving results.
  • They display a compelling humility and are not egotistical.
  • They demonstrate an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done to produce the best long-term, rather than short-term, results.
  • They take full responsibility for poor results, never blaming other people or external factors.
  • They give credit for success to others, while setting up successors for even greater success.
  • They know who they are and where they are going; they are personal and professional on purpose.
  • They get the right people, on the right bus, in the right seats to build a superior team.
  • They are passionate about what they’re doing.
  • They set and keep values and standards, not ego or charisma, to motivate.
  • They confront the brutal facts of the current reality, whatever that might be.
  • They communicate clearly and effectively, to all levels of the organization.
  • They hold everyone accountable for their respective results and role in the success of the company.
  • They understand the what, when, why, and how of available resources, and what’s required to achieve their stated results.
  • They embrace an organizational and professional work culture of discipline/safety and remove any team member who does not adhere to these values.

Transforming Leadership Skills is all about the 12 Transforming Leadership Principles and the 60 Leadership Skills confined in five specific categories of 1.) Self-Management Skills; 2.) Interpersonal Communication Skills; 3.) Coaching and Problem Management Skills; 4.) Team and Consulting Skills; and 5.) Versatility and Organizational Development Skills.

These principles apply to everyone, from family situations and small associations to large corporations. Leadership that is effective and that gets results does not happen by accident or without courage.

What type of leader are you?

Ken Keis, PhD, is a foremost global authority on behavioural assessment strategies and processes, and an expert in leadership, purpose and wellness. An internationally known author, speaker, trainer and coach/consultant, in the past 29 years. Dr Keis has an MBA in International Business and a PhD in Leadership and Management.

Join Ken for his pre-conference workshop “Transforming Leadership Skills and HR Strategies that Increase Employee Engagement and Get Results!” on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Cannexus National Career Development Conference in Ottawa.

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