What is the source of the unique energy and inspiration it takes to ignite and fuel transformational leadership?

The necessary passion and energy needed to lead transformation, organizational or personal, comes from being committed to something bigger than yourself.

What does this really mean, what does it take, and what does this commitment provide?

When you are being committed to something bigger than yourself:

  • You are being and acting in ways that are beyond personal concerns and direct personal gain.
  • You are at work on a vision and commitment that lights a flame which draws you into action.
  • Being and acting this way inspires others with a sense of their lives being up to something beyond personal concerns.

This very commitment to something larger than your own concerns generates the enthusiasm and energy essential to providing transformational leadership.

One healthcare organization in North Carolina adopted this kind of vision and a commitment to provide transformational leadership.

When leaders at Cone Health began this work, they were already one of the largest and top ranked hospital systems.

Yet even with this level of success, leadership at this 2,000-employee organization often found that:

  •  The sense of calling, meaning and purpose, which originally drew them to their work, was no longer present.
  • Managers found that in the day-to-day work they were pulled toward managing the budgets more than leading.

The first sparks of transformation began when they created and rallied around a vision—putting patients first in every aspect of their care.

This transformational leadership ignited new inspiration and the passion to set, and then to realize, bold goals consistent with the vision.

Groups worked together to disengage from old mindsets and shifted from a top-down structure to working collaboratively on patient centered care.

Managers transformed themselves into inspired and inspiring leaders—and here are some of the results:

  • Employee turnover went down.
  • Employee engagement went up.
  • Patient readmissions went down.

By putting patients first, thus acting beyond personal concerns, employees were happier and more satisfied than ever, patients were feeling completely served and the new vision and commitments were lighting up all areas of the hospital system.

When have you experienced yourself or someone else being committed to something bigger than themselves? What was present?’

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