Transformational Leadership and Personal Mastery
Author: jaime menor jr
“It was known that People will follow a person who inspire them. A leaders’ ability of getting 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 to 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 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 write 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 visions 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 on 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 takes 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 adapt the quality of a Transformational Leader because they never blink they takes 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. A leaders with personal mastery know the way for complete transformation they know how to think creatively by simply wanting others to follow them. Regular leader do not have a ready strategy, but a leader with personal mastery can easily and happily lead the exploration of 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 into 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 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 seeks to infect and reinfect their followers with a high level of commitment to the vision.
They are very well adept in a 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 achieve 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 aTransformational 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.)
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