Welcome to the first blog of the Transformational Group.
The goal of this blog is to equip, stimulate and educate those who want to influence others.
I am not a very good handyman. When I was first married, my brother and sister in law gave me a little red toolbox with 5 tools in it. Hammer, 3 screw drivers, and some pliers. When something needed fixing around the house I had to use one of these tools. I learnt very quickly that my limited skill was further frustrated and hampered by trying to fix something with the wrong tool. Over the years I have acquired more tools. The range or things I can successfully fix or build has increased, as has my skill (not sure my wife would agree)
To lead well we need as many tools in our toolbox as possible. Many years ago Ken Blanchard coined the idea of ‘Situational Leadership’. Situational leadership is all about having various leadership tools to deal appropriately with whatever situation you find yourself in.
This blog is designed to help you develop more tools for your leadership toolbox. Times have been and will continue to change rapidly. What worked for leaders 50 years ago, 20 years ago, in some cases 10 years ago, doesn’t work as effectively as they used too.
Working in not-for-profit organisations for years amongst volunteers has given us an advantage. Whist leaders in the business world were focused on building Gantt charts, processes, policies, employee engagement initiatives, strategic plans, and quality controls we were busy working out how to lead people without any ‘real’ power or means to incentivise people through money. We have been perfecting the skills of leading using influence, character, inspiration, communication, coaching skills and relational skills. When these are joined with crunchy end of management skills, as mentioned above. You have a very potent combination.
Don’t get me wrong, we know how to do those things, but our obsession was about how do you lead people to get their best without using power, position or money?
You might have noticed but those 3 tools have very limited application in today’s organisational world, yet many leaders are stuck with only a hammer, screwdrivers and some pliers.
Our aim is to help you fill your toolbox. If you are newer leader, some of the ideas will be life changing and stress reducing. If you are an experienced leader, you will be reminded of some things that you have let go in the busyness of work, opened up to some ideas you haven’t know, given some skills that you can apply immediately.