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Featured Event: Vision Series: Jorge Haddock

  • April 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Transformational Leadership. Change focuses on behavior, whereas transformation focuses on “beingness” or culture. Transformational leadership is about shifting the organizational conversations or interpretations to create different results or outcomes. Organizational culture can become transactional, but transformational leadership is creates conversations that generate a culture of relationships, moods, and actions consistent with the desired outcomes.

The axiom is that our power to transform our commitments and subsequent actions is directly determined by our ability to engage in powerful conversations – to generate transformation we must generate different conversations. These conversations utilize language, which is most commonly descriptive. However, leaders use language in a generative fashion to declare something with no evidence or authority. Using this type of language, transformational leaders create truly new possibilities.

Teresa Finn, (703) 993-2648, tfinn2@gmu.edu, Office of the Provost

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