All transformations begin with this…

The other day a friend asked me about the difference between intentional leadership and transformational leadership. The question got me thinking as I’ve always thought transformations at any scale is intentional. While it still holds true, I also realised that transformations happen because of intentions.

Transformational movements require transformational leaders.

Jim Collins

I think a leader’s intention is what helps them become a transformational leader. Their intentions act as a catalyst to something even better! Think about it — someone, somewhere, somehow needs to take the initiative and kickstart the process. And the one who does without a doubt is a transformational leader.

So, intentions aren’t the same as transformations. They lead to transformations.

While studying Leadershift, I discovered this poem by Lawrence Tribble written in the late 1700s. It’s titled “Awaken,” and seals the argument beautifully:

One man awake, awakens another.
The second awakens his next-door brother.
The three awake can rouse a town By turning the whole place upside down.
The many awake can cause such a fuss It finally awakens the rest of us.
One man up with dawn in his eyes.
Surely then multiplies.

“Awaken” by Lawrence Tribble (Source: Leadershift)

What do you think makes a transformational leader? Most importantly, what would it take you to become one?

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