In the complex landscape of leadership, navigating the path to excellence  and authenticity requires a deep understanding of three fundamental rules. At Transformative Visions we believe these rules are not just principles; they are guiding lights that illuminate the journey to becoming an impactful and transformative leader that is connected back into the heart centre. Let’s delve into each rule, uncovering the essence of leadership mastery.

RULE 1: IT IS ALL ABOUT YOU! (USE THE GRAILS FRAMEWORK)

At the core of effective leadership lies the understanding that leadership starts from within. YOU have an impact on others with everything you say, with who you are BEING and with every action you take. YOU are a role. model.  To bring your best self forward in order to leave a positive impact, you need to go within. This first rule encourages leaders to embark on a journey of self-discovery, peeling back the layers of their identity. Enter the world of GRAILS – the components of your shadow identity which you need to identify and unpack so you can integrate and accept:
  • G for Gremlin (Inner Critic): The voice within that undermines confidence. Identify, silence, and transform it into a constructive force.
  • R for Rigid Rules: Explore the inflexible expectations that may limit your potential. Flexibility and adaptability are key.
  • A for Assumptions: Challenge assumptions to foster open-mindedness and a culture of curiosity.
  • I for Interpretations: Understand the lens through which you view the world. Reframe interpretations for clarity.
  • L for Limiting Beliefs: Break free from convictions that hinder growth. Replace them with empowering beliefs.
  • S for Stories: Unearth the narratives shaping your identity. Craft stories that align with your leadership vision.
The journey within, embracing and integrating these aspects, leads to authenticity and empowers leaders to bring their best selves forward.

RULE 2: IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU ITS ABOUT OTHERS! (USE THE 6 M FRAMEWORK)

Effective leadership extends beyond personal growth; it’s about empowering others to reach their full potential. You can’t do that through a handoff approach or through a micromanagement approach. Neither work. Rule two focuses on the essential skills that transform leaders into catalysts for the growth of those around them:
  1. Managing Self (SME – subject matter expertise)
    • Role Model
    • Integrity
    • Regulate
    • Expertise
  2. Managing Others (Coach – Develop the ability to guide and mentor, fostering individual and team growth.)
    • Coaching
    • Connecting
    • Feedback
  3. Managing the Work (Manager – manage the work & tasks)
    • Priorities
    • Plans
    • Budgets
  4. Managing the Comms (Change Agent – be responsible for change)
    • Communication up, out and in
    • Change Management
    • Stakeholder Management
  5. Managing the Teams (Motivator – get the team going, inspire them to take action)
    • Team Building & Performance
    • Conflict
    • Motivation
  6. Managing Public Opinion (Ambassador – get known)
    • Public Speaking
    • Industry events
    • Industry bodies
By prioritising others, leaders create a dynamic and collaborative ecosystem where each team member can bring their best selves forward.

RULE 3: IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU, OR OTHERS, IT IS ABOUT THE VISION! (USE THE VSR FRAMEWORK)

A true leader is a visionary, they work with the team to identify a vision that inspires, aligns and leverages the problems and opportunities, thereby delivering value to customers and the organisation. The third rule emphasises the power of leading with a vision:
  • Identifying a Vision: Define a compelling direction that inspires and guides the team toward a common goal, fostering a sense of purpose
  • Strategic Goals: Identify 1-3 strategic goals that align you and ensure the actions deliver the vision
  • Roadmap: Create a plan to deliver on the goals and to focus that energy into meaningful work
A visionary leader understands that the true impact goes beyond personal achievements—it lies in the collective realisation of a shared vision, which brings motivation and fulfilment.

CONCLUSION:

Mastering the art of leadership involves navigating these three rules with finesse. It’s a dynamic journey that starts from within, extends to others, and culminates in the pursuit of a compelling vision. By embracing these rules, leaders transform not only themselves but also their teams and organisations, leaving an indelible mark on the path to leadership greatness.
Reach out to me directly if you want some coaching on this for you, your life, career, business or family. I am a licensed coach with 20+ years experience in leadership in New York, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, London & Sydney.