THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP – Understanding the influence of inspirational leaders (PART III)

You have gone through the 8 Assents of Inspirational Leadership, now the final step to cultivating an inspired and dedicated workforce is to build the THE 5 PILLARS OF A TRANSFORMATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

The 5 pillars are the foundations that convert a team to an organization transforming powerhouse. When leaders become aware of their work environment and the affects they have on it, when they learn the Psychology of groups and how it applies to the actions, reactions and emotions of teams and departments, then the foundation for the pillars is created.

Inspiration of individuals will make a difference, but inspiration of teams and of the perceptions of work those teams have, define a transformational leader and become apparent in organizational effectiveness and results.

The more people around you that become aware of the psychology of how and why teams and organisations become what they are, the more success you will have in achieving your objectives. And, the greater leadership you will inspire in others.

Share the insights you’ve gained with others in your different environments, teach them what you have learned. With a greater awareness of the psychology of leadership and the emotional atmosphere it creates, you can cultivate environments that cause you and others to be more effective and fulfilled in your work and life. And together, you and your teams can build the five pillars and not only transform your performance, but the performance of those around you.

Here are the 5 foundations for teams to make this happen:

• Have a Methodology for Change

• Have a Greater Purpose

• Speak a Common Language

• Create a Supportive Environment

• Have a Unified Identity

You must have a Methodology you believe can make a Change. This article has given you some foundations in leadership psychology that influences individuals and groups in a powerful enough way to change organizational culture. If you have applied some of what you have learned from Part I and II of this article, if you have become more aware and have increased your Circle of Tolerance, then this works for you.

Having a Greater Purpose. Find something bigger than the group, something that is even bigger than the organization. A reason the group is greater than the people in it is that the purpose of the group is greater or nobler that the personal goals of each individual.

You must speak a Common Language. Because of the specific nature of the Psychology of Leadership, it carries with it a specific language to be able to understand and explain awareness, change, and a higher level of living in a concise and effective way.

You must maintain an internal Supportive Environment. As an elite group that shares and uses this psychology, you can excel far greater than as an individual. Supporting one another is essential for ultimate success.

You must have a Unified Identity. While each individual has his/her own identity, the collective group must have a common goal and thus, a common identity in line with that goal. This can be as simple as “The Efficiency Group.”

Each pillar represents an essential characteristic of groups capable of bringing out the best in each other. Together they form a cohesion that expands competence. A team who has cultivated the 5 Pillars no longer sees work as work, but as an essential part of their life and growth as a human being. Their power comes from an infectious enthusiasm that seems to be inherent.

Yet this “Inspiration” is cultivated. And the leadership behind this power originates in awareness. Awareness of the psychology that affects us, the people around us, and the environments we work and live in.

You have learned the foundations to Ascend and Transform as a Leader. You have learned the foundations to build transformational teams to create change, and you have established a Leadership Identity to bring it together.

Now the next step is up to you!