Transformational Leadership and Personal Mastery
Author: Jaime H. Menor Jr (November 12, 2012)
“It was known that People will follow a person who inspires them. A leaders’ ability to get things by influencing enthusiasm, faith, loyalty, and pride and trust in his people to achieve their aims has already developed their own personal mastery resulting in great charismatic personality. A person with great charismatic personality is usually called Transformational Leader and working with them can be a wonderful and uplifting experience because they can put passion and energy in almost everything, they care about you and want you too, to succeed.”
It is a responsibility of a leader to be a role model. But how can a leader be a great role model? The answer is simple you can’t be a great leader if you had a doubt in yourself so you need to have a personal mastery Why? Because it can help individuals be a better person and also help leaders become role models. Peter Senge is right when he wrote this, “The core to leadership strategy is simple: to be a model. Commit yourself to your own personal mastery.” Why Personal mastery? Because it helps an individual to acquire self-knowledge and at the same time promote self-development and growth.” And also because of adapting Personal mastery, a Leader will also develop the following qualities :
1. Understanding the direction of their life and also the direction of their group or organization- Transformational Leadership starts when the development of a vision is set, a view of the future that will excite and convert potential followers. This vision may be developed by the leader, by the senior team or may emerge from a broad series of discussions. The important factor is the leader buys into it, hook, line and sinker.
2. Recognize reality and remain grounded in it. Leaders with personal mastery know the reality and always prepare to do the next step, they never stop thinking and constantly selling their vision to reality. Although it may take energy and commitment, because few people will only immediately buy into a radical vision, and some will join the show much more slowly than others. The leader with personal mastery easily adapts the quality of a Transformational Leader because they never blink they take every opportunity and will use whatever works to convince others to climb on board of the bandwagon. In order to create followers, the leader with personal mastery is very careful in creating trust, they know that their personal integrity is a critical part of the package that they are selling. They know instantly that they are selling themselves as well as the vision.
3. Think creatively and out of the box. – continually seeking their way forward. Leaders with personal mastery know the way for the complete transformation they know how to think creatively by simply wanting others to follow them. A regular leader does not have a ready strategy, but a leader with personal mastery can easily and happily lead the exploration of a possible road to success. They know for a fact that the forwards may not be clear and may not be plotted in details, but with a clear vision, the direction can easily be known.
Though finding the way forward can be an ongoing process of course correction, as a Leader with personal mastery he/she can easily accept that there will be failures and blind canyons along the way but as long as they guided by their vision and feel that progress is ongoing, they became more energetic and enthusiastic.
4 They understand and work with change. Leaders especially the one who has a personal mastery is very much adaptable to changes they have an attitude of being visible always and can stand up to be counted rather than hide behind their troops. They can show their attitudes and actions about how everyone else should behave. They also make continued efforts to motivate and rally their followers, constantly doing the rounds, listening, soothing and enthusing. It is their unswerving commitment as much as anything else that keeps people going, particularly through the darker times when some may question whether the vision can ever be achieved. If the people do not believe that they can succeed, then their efforts will flag. They seek to infect and reinfect their followers with a high level of commitment to the vision. (Leaders with Personal Mastery understand that Transformational leadership focuses on the need of technological changes and also considers the human relation aspects; this type of leadership shows his role as a pathfinder and communicates his vision by exercising skills. Appelbaum claims this type of leader is more effective for the organization to develop change and bring innovation -Appelbaum, 1998)
They are very well adept at methods like using ceremonies, rituals, and other cultural symbolism to sustain motivation. They know for a fact that small changes can get big hurrays, pumping up the significance as indicators of real progress. Overall, they have a balance attention between action that creates progress and the mental state of their followers, being people-oriented is innate with them and they believe that success comes first and last through deep and sustained commitment.
5. They view themselves to be a part of the whole system and feel connected to them.- Leaders with personal mastery knew the importance of getting back to the basics, so they view themselves as a part of an organization who take part for the business success, the people or the human capital the core of the organization.
6. They understand that they could influence others but are impossible to control them. It is important for a leader to understand the vision and the mission of the organization. A leader who has achieved personal mastery would be able to identify the methods on how to effectively achieve the organization’s goals. Personal mastery helps a person identify what are their guiding values and their goals.
The only problem I see in a person who achieves personal mastery is they often have large amounts of enthusiasm which, if relentlessly applied, can wear out their followers. Likewise, the problem I see in a transformational Leadership Quality is they tend to see the big picture only, not the details, wherein the devil often lurks. (If they do not have people to take care of this level of information, then they are usually doomed to fail.)
Points to Ponder:
When studying the subject of personal mastery and transformational leadership, we should take a look at our own leader, Christ Jesus. He is the one who can best speak to the issue of personal mastery and leadership, Jesus is Perfect and all of us should strive to be perfect. Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
Here are some traits of Jesus, the transformational leader. As you read over the descriptions, take time to assess your own life and activity as a leader.
1. Jesus’ harvest vision was leveraged by prayer. Prayer is continually connected to the mission of God in the life of Jesus. We have no ability to transform anything without God’s power. Jesus explained the power needed for the harvest was found in the resource of praying. “Then he said to his disciples, ‘the harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.’” (Matt. 9:37-38). The source for harvest workers is not in recruitment strategies, but in prayer. Prayer recognizes God as eternally resourceful.
2. Jesus embodied a cross-cultural gospel focus. He was not afraid or offended by the Samaritans. He went out of his way to talk with them and refused to give up when they rejected him. The heart of Jesus is for people, all people. It is illustrated by the life-changing conversation Jesus had with a woman at a well (John 4). The Holy Spirit birthed the church in a multicultural, multilingual environment. Acts 1:8 reminds us that we are commissioned to reach every culture and people group on earth.
3. Jesus invested in people. Jesus invested in people because he believed in people. Paul described the trust God places in us as a sacred trust. He said, “We have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel” (1 Thess. 2:4). The word entrusted communicates the truth that God believed in the people to whom God gave the gospel. Jesus demonstrated incredible confidence in the potential of people to let him use them for a higher purpose.