No transformation without personal development!

So many books, articles, trainings and keynote speeches has been done on how to lead change and drive transformation. Very few of them address the link between successful business transformation and the personal development of leaders and key employees with a role in the change program.

Of course, new IT, improved processes, aligned organization structures etc. can contribute significantly to the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization – but at the end of the day what really matters is how leaders and employees engage and collaborate with each other, how they behave in everyday work situations and how they interact with the customers.

One of my favorite quotes on leadership is by Ole Fogh Kirkeby, the Danish philosopher:

So many books, articles, trainings and keynote speeches has been done on how to lead change and drive transformation.

Surprisingly, few of them address the link between successful business transformation and personal development of leaders and key employees with a role in the change program.

Of course, new IT, improved processes, aligned organization structures etc can contribute vastly to the effectiveness and efficiency of an organization – but at the end of the day what really matters is how leaders and employees engage and collaborate with each other, how they behave in everyday work situations and in the customer relationships.

One of the best quotes that has forever been stuck in my mind is by Ole Fogh Kirkeby, a Danish philosopher:

First a human, then a leader

To become great leaders, we first need to become good humans. We need to develop insight into ourselves and develop strong human qualities and skills. Kirkeby mentions 12 virtues that are critical for those who aspire to become a leader:

  • Servitude
  • Authenticity
  • Righteousness
  • Insight
  • Judgment
  • Delivery
  • Timing
  • Intuition
  • Enthusiasm
  • Articulation
  • Organizing
  • Leading the way

These virtues are obviously even more important when embarking on a change journey and good points of reflection for those who are in a leadership role. Key questions we can ask ourselves in this situation include

  1. How well do we balance our own persona agenda with the common agenda of the team?
  2. What are the thought patterns and habits that we tend to be caught up in that limits our progress as a team?
  3. What part have I played in us being stuck in the status quo? How could I contribute to positive change?
  4. How is my personal energy? How is it affecting the team?
  5. What does my intuition tell me? What is the right thing to do and when?

References

https://www.abebooks.com/9783540668923/Management-Philosophy-Radical-Normative-Perspective-Kirkeby-3540668926/plp