Leadership and Transformation

Transformation that alters society, organization and relationships begins with a transformation of ourselves (Possibilities: the future of humanity NA). In order for us to make a difference in the other levels of self, we should begin it within us. To quote Mahatma Gandhi as he once said, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” When we begin it in ourselves, it is much easier to relay the idea of change to other people.

The discipline of transformation is about learning to shape our world in a way that supports and compliments our commitments and vision. This work is grounded on the premise that action is not random, but is determined by what we see as possible and what we intend to achieve (Possibilities: the future of humanity, n.d.).

As we transform, we begin to see that this transformation that began in us shifts towards the world around us. A good example of this is Thomas Alva Edison. To quote what he once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that would not work.” His individual transformation as an inventor helped not only him, but also the whole humanity.

He has served not only his individual transformation but the transformation of the world around him. Without God gracing us with his gifting, commitment and passion, we would not be enjoying bright nights.

GROUP TRANSFORMATION PRINCIPLE 55:

Leadership does not only happen inside an individual

Leadership does not only happen inside an individual, but in the context of relationships and in the coordination of actions and practices in a community (Selman, 2007). The individual transformation and the community level of self are dependent on each other. This is most especially true with regards to individual transformation. How Kim Krisco expressed it in his book, Leadership and the Art of Conversation, is exceptional:

“You have to look over human history to understand that you, like every other human being, have the power to do what seems impossible. You have the power, in large part, because you create and maintain conversations that can be shared, not only with friends, family, organizations, and institutions, but with your community and even the entire world.” (Krisco, 1997, p.179)

What happens in us also happens to the world around us. We may not know it or even notice it, but regardless — the world we create in us radiates around us. What we say and declare we put to action. We are all leaders – it is just a question of where we lead other people.

As people who are innate leaders, we ought to be careful of what we say and declare to ourselves and to the people around us. For where we go, our followers will go.

 

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What are you creating in the world today?

WE

As an individual, we see little. However, as we begin to see our relationships, and how our individual selves affect our groups and organizations – Thus, we affect our society. Then, our world.

 

Trust is not always a good thing. Trust can be foolish, naïve, gullible, and blind. And trust ought never to be taken for granted. That is why we insist that the issue is building trust – that is creating trust, maintaining trust, restoring trust once it has been lost or betrayed (Solomon & Flores, 2001).

Trusting people has never been easy with most people, especially nowadays, when a lot of broken promises and betrayals come into people’s lives. There are a lot of husbands and wives being unfaithful to their lifetime partners. Stories of betrayal and broken promises that are widespread nowadays affect how people trust. Different people react to loss of trust differently. Some close up and find it hard to trust again. Some do not give their trust at all while there are others who are brave enough to trust again.

However, it is undeniable that communities are built on trust. In a community, we acknowledge that we cannot do everything at the same time – we acknowledge that we need other people to accomplish things that we can’t. In view of this idea, it is essential that we nurture trust in our relationships with the members of our community.

As Solomon and Flores put it, also quoting Vaclav Havel; for all of us, in our roles as citizens and consumers, in our roles as leaders and as members of the world community, “we have to learn to trust one another” (Solomon & Flores, 2001).

 

People in organizations who trust one another in a richer, more flexible, and more innovative environment flourish accordingly (Solomon & Flores, 2001). Upon achieving a trusting attitude among your community, we begin to work together as one. However, as we work together, there would come a time when we would fail each other.

In the event of failing, we tend to lose our trust on people. However, this should not go on for so long. Proper communication within the organization should be implemented to ensure understanding among the members. As Flaherty put it, experience is what shapes our understanding so that we can know at a glance what the appropriate action is (Flaherty, 2010). When we nurture understanding first before we react, we respond. When we respond, we open our minds and hearts to receive the reason why things had happened against our plans or expectations.

We should not be afraid to confront. What makes us afraid to confront is misunderstanding. But, we should see to it that we understand things first before we wage a war or say our opinions out loud. It will lessen tendencies of clashes inside the organization. It will nurture an environment of understanding and care for each other rather than putting our egos first.

A corporation (or any institution) is not a mob. Every institution is also an organization, which means that it has some procedure (whether democratic, authoritarian, or by way of a small board officers) for making decisions (Solomon & Flores, 2001). Our levels of self, if not organized, will not be able to work together as one.

Our levels of self are all organizations. Even as an individual, we are an organized body of systems physically. When one part is not functioning well, everything is affected. Everyone does not have the same function as well. As it is written, if the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts of the body, every one of them, just as He intended them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? (1 Corinthians 12:17-19).

 

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You Need to Hear This Today

“Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:16-17). Everything God has created is special. But, He has made man, even more special because He has thought of us and created us in a different way than anything else.

In fact, He has made us in His image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27). He even blessed us to rule over His creation. He has thought of you even before you were born! You are a special individual – created by God. Nowadays, people tend to look down on themselves. It is because they have lost sight of who they really are in God’s eyes. Each one has a destiny waiting for them. He knows the friends you will be making, the work you will doing, the family you will be in, the talents and abilities He will grace you with. He knows the very number of your hair up to the very soles of your feet.

You are a special individual. He is the one who knows how to transform you. He is the one who transforms you into the person you ought to be. He is the one who knows your destiny and everything that you are. He is the One who gives you the vision and the One who strengthens you. If there is someone you must ask about your life, it is Him.

As you ponder on this truth, keep in mind that this does not only speak of you. This also speaks of others. The people around you are also special individuals made by God.

Do not be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2). Our life stories do not necessarily go on smooth. There would always be trials and persecutions along the way. God did not promise a problem-free life, but He did promise that He will be with us along the way (Psalm 34:19-20).

 

Just like a diamond going through fire, we go through numbers of pressures in life. But, it is not to harm us but to shape our character and to build us in Him. The things we experience – whether good or bad – transform us into the person God ought us to be.

In Moses’ life, his salvation, his individual transformation was very amazing. However, it would have stayed stagnant if it did not translate into the whole Israelite community. But it was a great thing that he fulfilled what he was meant to do.

As Ron Smothermon wrote it, individuals create the remaining destiny of mankind (Smothermon, 1982, p.127). You are an important part of everything else that is happening around. You are not an accident or just an accessory. You were made for something even greater than what you can even imagine for yourself. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).

 

 

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The Power of Experience

Human behavior is the result of a weaving of innate and learned experiences (Budd & Rothestein, 2000, p.98). We can say that behavior does not define our being but we can also say that it is part of our being. And, experiences do shape not only our behavior but also the things that we are – how we respond, how we do things, how we speak, etc.

Experience seems to be a vital part of transformation because it provides a baseline of transformation. It makes you differentiate the former state from the transformed state. It makes you appreciate the transformed state because it is the one who honed it to be the way it is.

People should not be wary about experiencing new things. As Socrates had put it, wonder is the beginning of wisdom. The learned would not be who they are if they did not experience things. Experience transforms us into the person we are. It either builds us or breaks us – but at the end of the day, it transforms us – if not, others.

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The Need to Connect

We humans are made relational beings. As we work, getting to the end-goal is not only our concern. We also have to think about others whom we work with. As written in Transformational Leadership, relationship form entities in and of themselves, and a step-function improvement in relationship results can provide the transformative energy had to shift the results of the entire organization (Hacker & Roberts, 2003, p.4)

Whether we are a leader or a subordinate of an organization, we form relations with each other. It is just right to say that we must nurture these relationships with the other members of our team because it will greatly affect how our vision will materialize. Sometimes, we would have to deal with clashes in ideas. But, it should never result into division because this condition is actually conducive for the transformation of each member.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up (Ephesians 4:7,10-12). All of us have God-given talents and abilities. In fact, the only thing that hinders a person to fully enjoy these God-given things is ignorance.

A sense of self is critical to our status as persons. In fact philosophers often use the terms self and person interchangeably: a capacity for self-awareness is necessary for full personhood (Barrett, 2010). Self-awareness or a person’s consciousness about himself is vital in making him see his full potential.

Sometimes, timidity may also be a factor why people cannot unleash their true potential. People should be more open to explore the things that may make them an even better part of their community.

 

 

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THE INDIVIDUAL

In the levels of self, the foundation is the individual self. Nobody can get to the other levels without going through first with the individual level. It is the baseline of everything that happens in the different levels. It is the one that makes all of the levels. One should nurture himself so that he can also nurture others. When the inner man is filled, it overflows.

It takes a high degree of commitment to begin the journey of understanding yourself at a deeper level. It takes the journey of understanding yourself at a deeper level. It takes courage to look and accept, without self-judgement, the self-imposed barriers you fashion. But the rewards of self-knowledge are great (Hacker & Roberts, 2003, p.119). A person’s life is a journey of self-discovery. It is an adventure that reveals oneself not only to his own but also to others.

Many times, people start on the wrong side of the race. One reason why, according to Hacker and Roberts is that many people believe that the document must be perfect and complete. Quite the opposite is intended. The life plan is a lifelong working document. Begin with an imperfect version, knowing that you will enhance it over time. The key is to start (Hacker & Roberts, 2003, p.135).

If we intend to transform – if we intend something new, we have to start it within us. There would always be things that we cannot change, but the key is to get that vision within ourselves and to work on it. We have to be the first one to believe that the vision we got – no matter impossible it may seem – is possible. The process might be excruciating, but a tree won’t grow if it did not get out of its seed.

 

 

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How is God calling you to grow in this season?

How To Contribute to a “You AND Me” World?

The first thing we must show is to respect other people’s point of view. It does not matter if you agree with it or not. You must create a space by which you are able to respect the opinions of others.  If people recognize their history, their circumstances, and the forces that are at play in their lives, it is possible for you to agree with their points of view as well. Consider life as a privilege. All of life must be seen as a gift. Even the parts that seem difficult or mediocre must be appreciated. It is from this context that you will begin to experience a meaningful life.

Let go of the contents that reinforce mediocrity in your life, the safe places

where gossip and complaints tend to grow. One must eliminate contents that lead us

to be petty.

Take a chance. We must be willing to put our reputation

at stake to stand out. Life is about integrity, not about image. Work for satisfaction

instead of credit.

You must always keep your word. You are your language. If you cannot keep

your word, then who you are is a liar. There can be times in your life where you will forget who you are and what you are about. This is when you must show commitment to keeping your word. Make what you say count.

 

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Do You Believe the World Can Work for You AND Me?

A World that Works for You and Me

What is the number one killer of progress and transformation in any group of people? Apathy. The thing is, when people do not care, the world will not work. The picture of a world that works looks like people who are “audacious” enough to take the responsibility for the entire human race. This means, people have to start caring in order for true transformation to take place.

 

A “survival of the fittest” mentality does not produce transformation. It does not do anything for quality of life. In this mentality, it is every person for himself or herself. One does not care about the other’s welfare as long as one is provided for and protected. This mentality will only promote survival, nothing more.

 

Let’s take the cue from Jesus. He tells us that the most important thing is love (Matthew 22:37-39). He came because of love (John 3:16). Paul tells us that above anything else, love remains (1 Corinthian 13:4).

 

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)

 

Each person holds the opportunity to make a difference in this world. In fact,

we have the power to create a world that works for all of us. However, it is not an

easy task. It requires courage. It requires responsibility and commitment. It requires

love. Take a step forward: “What we create together is a relationship in which our work can show up as making a difference in people’s lives…If not you, who? If not now, when? If not here, where?”

 

We have been raised and educated in a “you or me” world, wherein it is not natural for us to think we can truly make a difference in the world. We do aspire to live meaningful lives and to impact the world in a positive way, but it usually goes against how we are programmed to function. A “you and me” world requires for us to  work out a new set of rules of living on your own.

 

 

 

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Context: The Story of Your Life

Context determines the story of your life. Context is the space by which your life is happening. Mediocrity is a sign that you are living as a content of your experience, rather than the context that authors and qualifies your life. As a content of experience, you are powerless and limited. Thus, this makes it more likely for you to say, “I doubt my life matters.” Significance comes from your personal choice to be responsible and commitment to be significant.

I want to encourage you to see a context wherein if I make a difference, then everybody makes a difference. The rule under this particular context is that it is either “everybody makes a difference” or “nobody makes a difference”. We observe here how having a life that matters is more of a group thing, rather than an individual state of being. It is in this context that we can create a world that works for “you and me,” rather than “you or me.”

 

 

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A New Look at the Lord’s Table

Transformation for You AND Me

Does your life matter?  At the end of the day, this is one of the most difficult and sobering questions that we can answer. Each day, we can either struggle to avoid answering this question or we face it head on. We are somehow trapped in the mediocrity of our individual lives. Most of us doubt that our lives matter, don’t we?

Once you are brave enough to answer this question, this is when the process of transformation can begin to take place. You have to come to a point wherein you can take responsibility for your life and for your impact in this world. Yes, you do have an impact in this world. No matter who you are, where you came from, and what you have, you have an effect in this world. You are the cause in all matters.

The question is, what exactly are you causing?

 

Acknowledging this difficult question creates for you a new domain. The realization that your life can seem pretty insignificant right now is actually a stepping-stone to creating a domain by which things will show up. You can create a “Space” wherein a new future can be created.

 

Have the courage to face these questions : “Does my life make a difference?  Do I really matter?  Do I make a difference?  Does anything make a difference?” In order to cause a difference, you must create a new context. A context is understood as the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed. Context is decisive.

 

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The Dark Side of Things

Darkness is good. That is why God put darkness in this world — God created dark and light. There is darkness in every individual. Why do you think, when you close your eyes, it  gets dark? God put darkness in you on purpose. That is because, whatever you are going to create, you can only do it in the dark. Interestingly enough, you cannot develop film in the light. It would expose it, become overexposed by the light and then ruin the film. There are things that God is going to make through you, but you have to take that picture and develop it in darkness.

 

You always thought darkness was something evil. Darkness is not evil; darkness is just a place of unformed purposes. Darkness is the divine feminine. Darkness is the female aspect of God, which is the void. Even when it appears that you do not have anything, you have everything. Genesis says: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form … Everything that God starts with, starts without form. Most people are in trouble because they are so busy trying to see things as the creature sees things.

 

If your prophecy does not come to pass, are you looking at it as the creator or the creature? The creature is waiting to see then say, but the creator always deals with what is unseen. The creator works with the formless. The creator works with that which is in the void. And the secret to getting rich, wealthy, and having prosperity, is to know that you are rich when you have zero in your physical pocket. You have to know this. Although you have zero dollars in your wallet, you are walking down the streets like you own everything, because you understand that “I Am” money.

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Write down 5 “I AM” statements today, according to your divine nature in the Lord.

You Cannot Reap What You Have Not Sown

Children come to the earth with a plan to assert their divinity. That is why you have to cultivate it, to make sure that their divinity gets properly balanced. At the age of twelve a child’s identification starts to sprout forth and manifest through his ego. At that time, no longer do they want to live under the shadow of parental laws and demands. God gives that nature to them. God puts that in them. That is part of their divinity.

In twisted consciousness they say, “I am God.” At that moment, you have to introduce them to the picture of what the devil is. The devil, in this house, because the devil becomes anything other than you. Anything that steps out of line, and become other than you becomes the devil to you. So you then demonize that which you don’t want to run wild in your household. You think, “I must do you what God did with Lucifer.” He kicked Lucifer out. Anything that is not you, you must kick out of your life. That includes relationships, friendships, courtships, boyfriends, and girlfriends.

 

Anything that does not look like me, I put out. Alone, in reality, is all-one. When you become a spiritual self-master, you come into oneness, where you are all one and you meet no one but yourself. God sat in the heavens and talked to himself, and out of the one comes the many. So, if you want your success in life, you have to talk to yourself. Some of you are too proud to talk to yourself, which is why you are not getting a breakthrough. You have to have conversations with yourself. That what meditation is, when you can go in and impregnate yourself, where you can enter into the void, into the dark within yourself.

 

There is a miracle that is trying to take place in your life, but you have too many interruptions. You have things that are “other than” you trying to break into you. You have stuff other than you trying to get in bed with you, and right now you cannot have that happening because you have too much to create. You have to go within yourself. God did not go looking outside himself for something to happen. He went within himself. All creation happens from within.  That is why, when God could swear by no other, He swore by himself. You have to go within yourself. The Mastery Plan is really easy to work.

 

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