Monday, April 13, 2009

Leaders and their Self-Transformation

Take a look through history and name any great leader you like, one of the traits your find as you explore their life will be their ability to transform themselves as they learnt new aspects and put them to action within their leadership roles.

By taking a look at our life, our skills, our knowledge, we need to assess where we want to improve and build our own transformation. You may decide that there are many things you want to improve in your life, and that's fine then take a look and choose the topic that will give you the best bang for your buck. Work on this area and then move on to the next.

The seeds of failure show us some areas that we can examine, to look at the reasons for the poor result and take stock of what could have helped us put in a better result next time. We must continually improve your knowledge base and behavioral assets, so that the same error is not made again.

The attitude of continual learning is a characteristic we often see associated with the great leaders throughout history, and it should be one we aspire too.

You must develop a way to identify the content for your self-transformation, your training and coaching is paramount to your long-term success. Maintaining a positive action plan will see your self-transformation slowly develop along with leadership skills.


  1. Excellent points.
    In my recently published pre-teen novel, Ian, one of Santa's Helpers, takes some training that could lead to a management job. During the training, he struggles to understand the difference between managing and leading. He soon finds out that management is based upon processes, order, and controls and that leadership is more about developing the potential in others. He likes the latter.

    It might be a step in the right direction if we were to teach some of the management and leadership concepts to our youth at an early age. Later on in life, they will be more receptive to change which is always happening in the business world. They'll also be more capable of effecting change when needed.

    All the best!
    Eric Dana Hansen, Author of "IAN, CEO, North Pole"

  2. Eric, so true - early exposure allows more time for their development. It would be excellent if more youths were involved in activities and groups that exposed them to the concepts behind leadership and gave them an environment to explore their ideas. This may allow them to move to the leadership role quickly rather than the more slow and traditional management step.