The power in an organization is generated by the relationships in an organization.  Organization, flow charts, job descriptions are secondary to presence of strong relations that exist in your company.  The energy that exists in the organization, positive or negative, is the nature of relationships.  The energy that exists in your company is can be assessed with key questions*:
  • Do people know how to listen and speak to each other?
  • Do the individuals in the organization work well with diverse members?
  • Do people have free access to one another throughout the organization?
  • Are they trusted with open information?
  • Do organization values bring them together or keep them apart?
  • Is collaboration truly honored?
  • Can people speak truthfully to one another?
In some workplaces a leader may attempt to create results through coercion and competition, but inadvertently create negative energy.  The creative resource of the workers often is invested in working against the leader, or at the least choosing not to contribute positively to the organization.  

The challenge for leaders is to recognize that the capacity of an organization is reflected in the relationships of its members.  Paying attention to and promoting the quality of relationships within the organization becomes an essential role of leadership!

Russ Hardesty

*Leadership and the New Science, Wheatly

Reasons or Results? Which do you desire?  Most of us have been conditioned to get a 'set of reasons' for our action or inaction.  Leaders always go for results.  Personal effort is key in all results.  Resistance is always present and grows in proportion to the significance of the goal or desired results. Preparation through learning is essential in creating the results the leader desires.  Belief and desire are key to gaining results.  Roman philosopher Seneca admonished, "the greater part of progress is the desire for progress."  It is this desire and belief that compels a leader to reach the seemingly unattainable.  The effective leader knows well the emotion of the country song, "How bad do you want it?"

Russ Hardesty
Leadership is about influencing, and influencing begins with learning...both of the leader and those they lead.  The leaders are only as good as what they learn and use.  Learning comes from many sources. 
  • Learning about people is primary.  It is with people that leadership exists.  Understanding people allows the leader to match talent to task.  Additionally, the leader knows the followers or tribe member specifically - the transformational leader cares!  Few care about what the leader knows until they know the leader cares.
Transformation Leader uses the Keirsey Typology as a tool to teach leaders and team members an objective, effective and 'safe' method for this learning about each other.
Russ Hardesty

*Andy Stanley


    Russ and Royce are passionate about challenging and calling out the Leader with individuals desiring to be agents of change in their world.


    January 2013