Leadership That Transforms Lives

Just recently, I had an opportunity to speak briefly with a young woman regarding leadership training. She was frustrated because her team was not performing on an average level. I asked her about her plan; she did not have one. I asked if she had communicated with her team about expectations; she had not. She told me that she just steps back and allows them to continue to make errors because she is TIRED of talking. When I spoke to her about a few things that needed correcting, I reminded her that the team is a direct reflection of the leader in the eyes of others. The worst part of this meeting was that she told me it was a national faith based organization. Considering the words of negativity she used when referring to her team, the lack of organization on her part and zero ability to take control, motivate or inspire her team, the scenario did not look good at all.

The truth about leadership, whether it be team leaders, supervisors or department managers, etc. is that everyone is not ready to be a leader, and many times unqualified for the task even with experience/degrees. Mentally and emotionally, the individual must be able to apply their gifting for planning, organizing and team building. There must also be the inner workings of bravery, confidence, unselfishness to be able to lead, and the ability to build, develop and disseminate your knowledge to others. The first question is what do you bring to the table as a leader? Have you allowed yourself to acknowledge your weaknesses, learn to empower others through your mistakes and be transparent enough for others to trust you? Do you believe in your vision enough to inspire others to believe with you, to grow as a team and individually, to expand their knowledge base and to transform into great leaders?  

Transformation leadership training is a powerful tool for professional and personal success. In the sessions, team leaders are in a position to be honest about who they are as a person first, and then explore their gifts and talents that they can utilize and apply to their life experiences; this step is key to becoming a strong leader. However, some will never take the challenge because of past disappointments and rejection. In those cases, individuals will continue to remain in positions that are less than what they are capable of doing. Similarly, there are leaders that have not been performing to their full potential because of their lack of inspiration and training to aim higher and build strong teams. Some leaders take advantage of others and even bully them; they cause stress in the workplace because of past rejection and hurt. That person will usually have some of the same instabilities in their home and social life or mask their true person as a leader. These issues need addressing to become an effective leader. I have experienced, the difficulties as a female, of being a leader, and am well aware of what comes with the position. Being able to balance home, family and the negative stereotypes associated with women in leadership and authoritative positions can be a challenge too. 

For the reasons listed above, in another one of my seminars, my parenting strategy seminar course, I teach parent/guardians and educational staff how to empower children early to become leaders at their level in life. It builds self-esteem and self-worth at a young age. These are attributes of a strong leader. There are so many examples we all have seen and heard on how to be a leader or mentor leaders. The truth is, such that the person, who leads, makes the position. Who he/she is will surface eventually. With help, those called to be leaders can become excellent leaders! 

An easy definition or example of persons that use Transformation guidance in management is that they are ones that lead by example. This style allows the leader to use motivation with inspiration. Also, the ability to share wisdom from experience so that others can grow with them and through them. 

 Be blessed with enormous success!

 Dr. Karen L. Donald


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