10 “easy” ways to transform a president and transform a country

… Some easy things a master transformational leadership trainer can do to help transform presidents or other senior leaders.

There are dozens of things a master transformational trainer can do to change the thinking of a president or other senior leader, to help massively transform the degree of positive impact they can have on their country.

For example:

  • Change what they identify with.
    • If they identify with leaving a legacy, they’ll be a different leader than if they identify with being a tough and feared leader.
  • Increase their capacity and willingness to put themselves in the shoes of others.
  • Help them become more self-aware.
  • Have them realise that being corrupt makes them unhappy and unfulfilled.
    • A person who is committed to the populace, his children, and himself being happy and fulfilled (and living lives of meaning and purpose) will live and rule in a different way than someone focused on status, money and power. When they recognise (at a profound level) that corruption and misuse of power makes people miserable, negative, disconnected and unfulfilled then they begin to change their focus, approach and actions.
  • Help them identify and reconnect with their original vision and purpose.
    • The original vision and purpose of most top leaders is terrific. The trouble is that politics requires lots of compromise, bargaining, deals, and thousands of distractions. If all you do is to help a top leader to maintain crystal clear clarity on their original vision and purpose, and to have this as the measure of each decision, then you will have achieved an enormous amount.
  • Inspire them with amazing role models – like Obama, Mandela, Gandhi, Bishop Tutu, Steve Jobs etc.
  • Increase their ability to inspire their ministers and top public servants to truly come from a place of service, with a commitment to making a significant difference to the country.
  • Cross-contextualise
    • If you want to understand more about military conflict, think about what works in resolving family conflicts; or what helps you live peacefully with your next door neighbour. 
    • If you want to be the father of the nation, think about what makes a great father. (If leaders thought of corruption as being like stealing from your children, corruption would plummet.)
  • Challenge them to live up to the principles and values they believe in.
    • Everyone has some principles and values they aspire to. (Even a psychopath admires cunningness.) But whether the principles are actualised or not depends on how real and vivid they are to the leader. By helping leaders identify these values and principles, applying them to their daily issues, and challenging them to live up to them, you can significantly improve the legacy that leaders leave behind.
      • e.g. Let me give you an example of how all the above elements could be combined to help: Imagine a president who is a fundamentalist Christian (or Muslim) who tries to force his own restricted views of morality onto everyone else—breaching the human rights of those with different beliefs.If you take all the above points (e.g. putting oneself in the shoes of others, becoming more self-aware, reconnecting with the original underlying vision and purpose etc.) and use all of them in analysing what the true fundamental teachings of his religion are, then you would redirect his passion to core elements like “doing to others as you would have them do to you” (which, inter alia, means respecting an Atheist’s beliefs as much as you would want others to respect your beliefs) or showing compassion for all and a desire to help the poorest of the poor and those who are oppressed, persecuted or judged.
  • Increase their leadership effectiveness through a variety of One-on-One Leadership Development components.
    • This includes hundreds of possibilities including various personality profiles; skill profiles (combined with highly accelerated skills development for areas they’d like to improve), developing EQ, charisma, centredness; disguising a president and going with them to a bar to get unfiltered feedback from the populace; 360 degree feedback; Lenart’s conflict resolution and mediation processes; Lenart’s presentation training process; using an extremely sensitive heart monitor that shows the impact of different psychological states and approaches, meditation (and the unusual way President Joaquim Chissano used it), and many more components.

- Tony Lenart
www.PeaceAndProsperity.org, support@peaceandprosperity.org, Ph. +1-202-6810008, +61(0)296866003, +256(0)772788000

P.S. The subtitle, “Some easy things a master transformational trainer can do to help transform presidents of other senior leaders” refers to how simple these elements are to someone who is extremely accomplished in utilising them with very senior leaders. However, there may only be a few people in the world with this capacity.