This video is an excerpt from an interview conducted at the Monfort Institute, University of Northern Colorado, 2010.
- Being a role model seems to be in every leadership course on the planet. However, it takes on a slightly different meaning when associated with leading transformation.
- As Gandhi said, “you have to become the change you want to see in your organization.”
- An employee quoted why they were not making the necessary changes to achieve the vision: “I’ll change when the CEO changes.” The CEO hadn’t made the necessary changes to become what he was expecting other people to be, so it took some reflection and personal change to become that change.
- One of the practical ways they helped move all leaders to role model behaviors and activities was to create leadership scorecards that tracked where they spent their time with key stakeholders.
- We always say you must “walk the talk” and “actions speak louder than words,” but, in this case, it is critical that the leadership change and become that role model they want to see in everybody else.
The concepts presented in the video are from my CEO Leading Transformation research. For more on these concepts, check out the two papers that describe and discuss all the concepts included in the leadership framework.
Latham, J. R. (2013a). A framework for leading the transformation to performance excellence part I: CEO perspectives on forces, facilitators, and strategic leadership systems. Quality Management Journal, 20(2), 22.
Latham, J. R. (2013b). A framework for leading the transformation to performance excellence part II: CEO perspectives on leadership behaviors, individual leader characteristics, and organizational culture. Quality Management Journal, 20(3), 22.