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Three “T”s in Transformational Leaders: Fundamentally there are two basic categories of leadership: transactional and transformational. Transactional (some call ordinary) managers keep their organizations on the historical track, and exchange tangible rewards for the work and loyalty of follower; but transformational leaders (or some call extraordinary) who inspire with vision, engage with teams, focus on higher order intrinsic needs and raised consciousness about the significance of specific outcomes and new ways in which those outcomes might be achieved. As many businesses are at a crossroad, facing unprecedented change and uncertainty, the significant transformation is needed to digitalization, globalization, radical management as well as innovation pursuing, transformational leaders are in higher demand, as transformational leadership is all about change.
Three "C"s In Character-Based Leaders: Many times, leadership has been classified based on the factors floating on the surface, such as gender, age, ethnics, status/title, segmentation, party, nationality., etc. However, such categorization may only divide the clear understanding about the substance of leadership, what are the critical traits in great leadership, not from outlook, but from within, not about style, but in essence, how to group leaders to well reflect the positive difference or unique influence they can make, or the synergy they can create, that also being said, how to perceive commonality in heterogeneous leaders; also see colors and cognitive difference in that seemingly homogeneous leadership team?
Triple “A”s in Adaptive Leaders: The fundamental shifts in today’s business dynamic and digital world compel organizations to rethink the essential of leadership, the nature of strategy, the power of culture, as well as the best scenario in execution. If transformational leadership is about envisioning the change; then adaptive leadership is about shifting the mindset. Adaptive leadership is given to impacting the environment. It addresses a very active or proactive form of leadership, not a passive effort taken merely to adjust to circumstances as found. Here are the three "A"s in adaptive leadership.
Three “V”s in Visionary Leaders: Great leadership takes both common sense and unconventional wisdom. Many can see, but very few can perceive the invisible; many can listen, but very few can hear the true message; many can feel, but very few can touch and connect the heart and mind thoroughly. If transformational leadership is all about Timing for change, then visionary leadership is about the insight, foresight, and blueprint for the future. With vision, the transformation has a destination; through transformation, vision reaches to reality. The world becomes so dynamic and inter-connected, the business future turns to be so obscure and uncertain, visionary leaders are needed to steer the future, as they can zoom in the future as if it were closer. Vision is leadership substance, not fashionable style. There are three “V”s in visionary leadership.
Three “N”s in Nature Leaders. From one generation to the next, the substance of leadership does not change, it's about future and change; influence and innovation; direction and dedication. However, the trends and styles have to be continually adjusted in order to lead effectively. More fundamentally, is leadership nature or nurtured? Such debates are always thought-provoking, surely there are many key leadership ingredients which can be nurtured, such as empathy, humility, influence, however, there are raw (nature) leadership ingredients which come from nature, grow upon nature, here are three “N”s in nature leaders.
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