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Transforming Managers to Leaders

Course Overview

Organisations in Asia face challenges that are uniquely different from the experiences faced in the West. The major challenges include the need to groom young and less experienced talents to become managers (and leaders) within a very short period of time in a rapidly changing economy. There are also the challenges of managing operations with a very mobile workforce in a workplace that is constantly competing for the best talents.

According to a recent survey in China the most important factor that young executives look for in a job is the “opportunity to learn and develop”. This trend is similar in other parts of Asia and features as one of the top three concerns in surveys conducted. Typically, one of the strategic priorities for Asian companies is to groom their managers to become leaders within a very short time and secondly be able to create a work environment that would enable them to retain talent. Long term stability and results are achieved by transforming managers to leaders.

In Transformational Leadership; the key word is to transform - transforming achievement of results through Compliance to achieving results from Commitment. The key difference between a committed worker and a compliant worker is sustainability. Transformational leadership is about achieving sustainable results through personal growth and development.

Transformational leadership ensures development in the following areas:

  • Vision: Envisioning where they are going or what they are going to achieve.
  • Communication: Communicating plans in a way that generates enthusiasm for team members to share the vision.
  • Building Trust: Build a climate of trust, which encourages openness, the willingness to change and learn, as well as commitment to plans.
  • Self Initiation: Leaders exercise self initiation and demonstrate commitment.


This two-day workshop consists of a series of learning experiences, each having a distinct objective and each focusing on fundamental skills necessary for success as a leader.

The major objectives of this workshop are:

  • To equip managers with leadership skills and prepare them to manage change in their organization from time to time.
  • To transform the managers mindset/focus to become more people-centric and not merely task-centric.
  • To enhance the way managers communicate in order to achieve a higher level of performance.

Content Outline

Module One: Introduction

  • The Learning Process
  • Understanding Your Personality Type: Interpreting DISC
  • Your Leadership Style
Module Two: The Transformational Process
  • Accelerating your Career
  • Becoming a Leader is a Change Process - The Four-Steps Change process
  • Why the resistance to change
  • The Need to Change
  • Transformational leadership and managing change

Module Three: Transformational Leadership

  • Defining transformational leadership
  • Leadership is influence: the leader’s ability to get other to do what you want them to do
  • Transformational Leadership in a fast changing environment
  • Leaders leading change?

Module Four: Leading Change and Eliciting Commitment

  • The Four Pillars of Leadership
    • Vision
    • Communicating Change
    • Building Trust
    • Self Initiation
  • he Art of Influencing - Getting people to “follow you to places they would not go by themselves”
  • Compliance versus Commitment
  • Achievement through compliance versus achievement through commitment; impact on performance, productivity and quality

Module Five: The 5 Levels of Leadership

  • The Five Levels of Leadership
    • Level 1- Leadership by Position - Role
    • Level 2- Leadership by Permission - Relationship
    • Level 3- Leadership by Production - Results
    • Level 4- Leadership by Personal Development - Replication
    • Level 5- Leadership by Personhood - Respect
  • Progressing to a higher level of leadership
  • The Three Key Qualities of a Successful Leader
    • Integrity
    • Wisdom
    • Courage

Module Six: Building Connections and Relationship

  • Connecting with your team; Connecting through Dialogue
  • Relationship Assessment
  • The importance of being Likeable
  • Trust; The Foundation of leadership
  • Three steps towards building trust and the Four Elements of Trust

Module Seven: Managing for High Performance and Results

  • What motivates you and your team members?
  • Leadership and Visioning; Communicating Vision
  • Why people don’t perform
  • The ABC formulae for managing performance
  • The Pygmalion Effects of Management – Conditioning Habits

Module Eight: Becoming a Person of Influence - Coaching and Mentoring

  • Coaching, Mentoring and Modelling
  • The FIVE steps of mentoring
  • Empowerment; when and who
  • Clarity and Empowerment
    • Clarity of Expectations
    • Mission Vs Instructions
    • Components of empowerment
    • Do Asians resist empowerment?

Module Nine: Applications

  • Visioning and alignment
  • Action plan for improved leadership skills

Personal Action Plan

The Personal Action Plan will enable the participant to construct a “road map” on how to achieve transformational leadership and align their goals to the workplace. This plan is a powerful tool for reinforcing the skills acquired during the workshop and for eliciting commitment.


We make training fun and engaging so that learning becomes experiential and highly interactive. This programme uses a combination of training aids and methods such as lectures, activities, exercises and group discussion with powerful learning points to enhance learning.


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