I get asked all the time about what is required to show up as a Transformative Leader. They are usually very good questions because of how deceptively simple they seem. Can anyone be a Transformative Leader? What kind of knowledge, skills, or experience do you need? Do you have to have people reporting to you? Do you need to be in a particular position? Do you have to have a supportive boss? What if your boss is not a Transformative Leader? Where do you start?
Have you ever had one of those days, or at least one of those moments, when you knew exactly what to do to solve a problem or make something happen and perhaps even knew how to do it, but you just didn’t feel like doing it? If you’re like me, the internal dialogue in your head usually shifts into overdrive during such times, debating every little detail of whether you should get in action or not and leaving you in a state of “analysis paralysis.” Don’t you wish you could defeat that little voice in your head that’s always talking you out of doing extraordinary things? Or better yet, instead of wasting time and energy defeating it, wouldn’t it be great if you could learn to just ignore it and get going anyway? And I don’t mean that you get going anyway when you feel like it; I mean you get going anyway whether or not you feel like it at the time. Well, I have good news for you. There is a way. Even when you feel physically tired and mentally beaten down, there is a way to make the quantum leap from how you feel right now to how you would be feeling if you were where you wanted to be. How do you do that? You re-generate yourself. The even better news is that you can do this on demand and it takes less than one minute.
I cannot tell you how many times I have been told by leaders that they are simply too busy to invest in their own or their people’s growth and development. It is as if to say, “I know I’m running out of gas but I’m in a hurry and I don’t have time to get gas.” There are too many of us simply killing the goose to get the golden eggs and, in the process, leaving the people in our organizations increasingly dissatisfied and under-skilled in a rapidly evolving world.
Those of you who follow my blog or other posts on social media may have heard about our upcoming workshop retreat. You may have noticed that my team and I are very excited about it whenever we bring it up. Well, this is the week it happens. In fact, on the day this post is published, we will be at Serenbe Farms with 15 leaders, from six companies across six states, who have chosen to invest a day in themselves on behalf of their organizations through their pursuit of the goal of Transformative Leadership. The trust that these participants have placed in us is humbling and my team and I have been working tirelessly to ensure an extraordinary experience for them. It is our goal that they leave the event equipped with both the mindset and the knowledge to serve and lead others more effectively than they previously thought possible, enabling them to experience the joy and fulfillment that comes from making a greater difference in their organizations and communities.
What would you do if you had more time? What if you had a few more hours in a day, or a couple of more days in a week, that you could spend the way you wanted to? Would you travel more? Would you get going on accomplishing the important things you have been putting on hold? Would you fit more into your day or week? Would you stop and smell the roses more often?
What if you found out that you didn’t have much time left to live? How would you spend the remainder of your time? Would you make different choices? Would your priorities shift from what you consider to be what you have to do to what you want to do?