Sunday, May 17, 2009

#83 Transformational Leadership - conversations with Paul Kordis, part 1

Today, we are bringing you another series of conversations with Dr. Paul Kordis, this time on the transformational leadership. Paul has been researching writing, and speaking to groups for over 20 years about the processes of profound change. He is a globally traveled speaker and seminar leader on futuristic, human development, change and other topics. He received his Ph.D. degree (with honors) in human capital and economic development from Colorado State University in May, 2008.

His 1,500-page dissertation is entitled “The Superhighway to Serfdom: How False-Social-Norms Marketing is Hijacking the American Dream.” He is a co-author (with Dudley Lynch) of the books The Strategy of the Dolphin: Scoring a Win in a Chaotic World, which has become a best seller, and Code of the Monarch: A Guide to the Real Global Business Revolution. He is also the author (with his wife, Susan) of the book Name Your Passion: A User’s Guide to Finding Your Personal Purpose.

Today’s conversation touches upon the following topics:

  • Dark and Light Side of Leadership
    • The two extremes, and the middle – the transactional nature of leadership.
  • The 3-legged stool
    • The Seat: Doing the right thing
    • The legs:
      • Do you want to do it? Motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic
      • Can you do it? (Skills, abilities, etc)
      • The Resources – that’s where the leadership really falls into (tangible, intangible, etc.)
    • The “Race Car Driver” model
  • Transformational Leadership
    • Considering the emotional and spiritual aspects of leadership, in addition to the transactional aspect.
    • Comes difficult in the business environments where the main idea is that the only purpose of business is profit. Yet when implemented, transformational leadership brings lots of profit.
    • Ethics
  • The Dark Side of Leadership
    • How it’s been ignored for too long, and what it cost us. A good leader should lead people to confront the dark side.

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