Leadership and Transformation

Transformation that alters society, organization and relationships begins with a transformation of ourselves (Possibilities: the future of humanity NA). In order for us to make a difference in the other levels of self, we should begin it within us. To quote Mahatma Gandhi as he once said, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” When we begin it in ourselves, it is much easier to relay the idea of change to other people.

The discipline of transformation is about learning to shape our world in a way that supports and compliments our commitments and vision. This work is grounded on the premise that action is not random, but is determined by what we see as possible and what we intend to achieve (Possibilities: the future of humanity, n.d.).

As we transform, we begin to see that this transformation that began in us shifts towards the world around us. A good example of this is Thomas Alva Edison. To quote what he once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that would not work.” His individual transformation as an inventor helped not only him, but also the whole humanity.

He has served not only his individual transformation but the transformation of the world around him. Without God gracing us with his gifting, commitment and passion, we would not be enjoying bright nights.


Leadership does not only happen inside an individual

Leadership does not only happen inside an individual, but in the context of relationships and in the coordination of actions and practices in a community (Selman, 2007). The individual transformation and the community level of self are dependent on each other. This is most especially true with regards to individual transformation. How Kim Krisco expressed it in his book, Leadership and the Art of Conversation, is exceptional:

“You have to look over human history to understand that you, like every other human being, have the power to do what seems impossible. You have the power, in large part, because you create and maintain conversations that can be shared, not only with friends, family, organizations, and institutions, but with your community and even the entire world.” (Krisco, 1997, p.179)

What happens in us also happens to the world around us. We may not know it or even notice it, but regardless — the world we create in us radiates around us. What we say and declare we put to action. We are all leaders – it is just a question of where we lead other people.

As people who are innate leaders, we ought to be careful of what we say and declare to ourselves and to the people around us. For where we go, our followers will go.


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