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CO0806.qxd 7/18/06 5:01 PM Page 17 taking the lead Being an Effective Transformational Leader Richard Y. Chang, Ph.D. F e e l i n g passionate behavioral styles to theirs in order to guide Change is the only constant in business today, which means organizations need to transform them more effectively. a b o u t the themselves regularly in order to stay ahead of Leaders are only as successful as their teams. organization's shifting industry conditions and marketplace You know you have achieved success when demands. In response, CLOs, like all senior transformational your team communicates well internally across leaders, must role model transformational lead- v i s i o n provides functional areas and externally to customers, ership skills and competencies to enable their suppliers and other stakeholders, solving com- you with the energy organizations to address their unique opportu- plex problems quickly, facilitating conflict res- nities and challenges. a n d commitment olution in a win-win manner, and making key There is no doubt that the future will require decisions in a systematic way. to turn vision new leadership attitudes and capabilities. And into reality. Achieving clearly, there is a wide range of leadership skills, To be an effective transformational leader, it is strategies and techniques to consider when crucial to know exactly to what extent your developing them. However, based on many team achieves results and contributes to the years of consulting and advising senior execu- attainment of organizational goals. By estab- tives on large-scale organizational transforma- lishing a measurement scorecard for your tions, five critical leadership dimensions stand team, you will be able to evaluate what it has out. They are included in my VITAL trans- actually achieved in terms of aligned perform- formational leadership model. Following this ance results. Gauging achievements and results model, transformational leaders demonstrate: will depend on your ability to measure the Visioning right things within the context of your busi- To lead employees in the right direction, trans- ness realities and transformation priorities. formational leaders must have a clear vision of Peak performance will come from planning, where the organization is heading and a solid coaching and evaluating individual perform- understanding of how the team they lead aligns ance in a systematic way that is, simultane- with that vision. Embracing an organization- ously strategic and practical. wide vision for the future provides a framework Leveraging for making informed decisions and achieving optimal performance during times of change. In this do more with less world, integrating In addition, by creating vision alignment with- strategic goals, business processes and human in your team, you provide members with strate- resource talent is crucial to leveraging your gic guidance as to what the organization's focus team in a way that keeps the cost of doing busi- is and how they collectively contribute to it. ness at an optimal level. So too are developing and applying personal influence skills. Your Inspiring ability to plan, inspire and lead innovative cul- Understanding the core passions of the tural change with the support of other key I I Chief Learning Officer organization enables you to align with them stakeholders in the organization will keep your and motivate others toward success. Feeling team alive and thriving during times of change. passionate about the organization's transforma- Remember one key thing about leading organi- tional vision provides you with the energy and zational transformation: It's very much like commitment to turn vision into reality. swimming upstream against the downstream Te a m i n g flow of habit. Clearly, taking the lead means effectively helping to steer the organization Teams that produce superior results can help Richard Y. Chang, Ph.D., is upstream toward its vision, as well as develop- the organization transform and realize its founder and CEO of Richard ing and coaching other senior leaders in these vision. Being an effective leader means Chang Associates and is August 2006 five critical leadership dimensions. As you do, understanding and embracing the diverse author of The Passion Plan. you enhance your credibility as both an effec- communication styles of others and knowing He can be reached at how to adjust your own management and tive CLO and a transformational leader. 17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Chief Learning Officer - August 2006

Editor's Letter
Table of Contents
Taking the Lead
Best Practices
Learning Solutions
In Practice - U.S. GAO
In Practice - Army National Guard
CLO Profile
In Practice - PerkinElmer
Case Study
Human Capital
In Practice - Countrywide Financial Corp
In Practice - Siebel
Business Intelligence
Advertiser's Index
Editorial Resources
In Conclusion

Chief Learning Officer - August 2006