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Transformational Leadership – A Universal Imperative

Written by: Dr. Ken Keis, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

Executive Contributor Dr. Ken Keis

Leadership is more than just a title or a role—it's an essential element in every aspect of life, from running a Fortune 500 company to parenting or simply leading your own life. The principles and skills of leadership apply universally. Without the ability to transform leadership skills, both personal and organizational success can be compromised.

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Leadership deficiencies are prevalent across cultures and countries, affecting various levels of society. It's a source of frustration for many. Here are some common examples of leadership shortcomings:

  • Parents who struggle to guide their children effectively.

  • Organizations prioritizing political correctness over the actions needed for success.

  • Special-interest groups receiving preferential treatment.

  • HR departments playing it safe instead of striving for excellence.

  • Union members hesitating to challenge inadequate union leadership.

  • Political leaders struggling to make tough, unpopular decisions.

  • Leaders focusing on their own interests rather than the greater good.

In his book "Good to Great," Jim Collins identified the importance of "Level 5 Leaders" in successful organizations. These qualities align with CRG's Leadership Skills Inventory- Self and Leadership Skills – 360º, which are powerful tools for evaluating and developing leadership skills. Before we delve into these skills, here are a couple of real-life examples:

Transformational leadership at a school: Years ago, a private school faced challenges, such as declining enrollment and internal conflicts. A transformational change occurred when 80% of the board members were replaced. This shift in leadership, driven by the principles of Transforming Leadership, resulted in a positive, student-focused environment and sustained growth.

A CEO's leadership in a billion-dollar merger: In another instance, a client of CRG merged with another organization to create a billion-dollar enterprise. It was the CEO's leadership that made this opportunity a reality. Despite initial resistance from both boards, the CEO's courage and vision propelled the merger to success.


So, what defines Transforming Leaders?

  • They deliver results and catalyze achievement.

  • They exhibit humility and confidence.

  • They possess unwavering determination to secure long-term success, regardless of challenges.

  • They take responsibility for failures, never blaming external factors.

  • They credit others for success while empowering successors for greater accomplishments.

  • They have a clear sense of purpose, both personally and professionally.

  • They build a superior team by selecting the right individuals.

  • They are passionate about their mission.

  • They establish and uphold values and standards without ego.

  • They confront harsh realities head-on.

  • They maintain unwavering faith in the team's ability to overcome obstacles.

  • They communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.

  • They hold everyone accountable for their contributions to success.

  • ·They understand how available resources, like technology, can serve the organization's goals.

  • They cultivate a culture of discipline and remove those who don't adhere to it.

Successful leadership encompasses many components, and the above list highlights key skills and attributes of a Transforming and Level 5 Leader. These principles apply universally, whether in family settings, small associations, or large corporations.

To help you develop your leadership skills and confirm your identity and purpose, consider exploring our online course and book, "The quest for purpose."

Additionally, CRG offers resources such as the Leadership Skills Inventory- Self, LSI-360º, Personal style indicator, Values preference indicator, and stress indicator and health planner, which provide clarity and insights to enhance your leadership effectiveness.

Remember, effective leadership doesn't happen by chance; it requires courage and deliberate effort. What type of leader are you becoming?

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Dr. Ken Keis Brainz Magazine

Dr. Ken Keis, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Ken Keis, Ph.D., is a leading global authority on behavioral (personality) assessment strategies and an expert in leadership, purpose, and wellness. He is the President and CEO of Consulting Resource Group International, Inc. (CRG) which has served thousands of organizations worldwide. With over 4 million words of content authored, including 4 books and a dozen assessments, Dr. Keis is also a respected author, speaker, trainer, and media guest His latest books include: Why Aren't You More Like Me?, Deliberate Leadership, and The Quest For Purpose. An engaging public speaker, Dr. Keis has conducted over 3,000 presentations and 10,000 hours of coaching and consulting.



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