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Transformational Leadership Program

Ben Roulston

By Ben Roulston, Thinka Co-founder,
18 March 2024

This program helps leaders develop transformational leadership skills to cultivate high performance

The objective of this program is to empower the executive team to transform business culture. By exploring business values and establishing a cultural framework, leaders work to embed and coach this through the business to enable transformation.

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Program Purpose

This Transformational Leadership Program supports leaders with leadership skills to transform team culture by empowering individuals to stretch and grow. It helps leaders in all industries understand what a transformational leadership style is and the key characteristics that bring it life. Whether your leaders are just starting out or have been in these positions for some time, our program helps them develop a leadership mindset, self-awareness, and skills in collaboration and team leadership.

Working with organisations across Australia, we know that leaders face unique challenges. Here’s a few of them:

  1. Rise of ‘human skills’: More and more, organisations are helping leaders develop both technical skills and soft skills. Leaders who understand the value of soft skills like emotional intelligence, adaptive thinking and collaboration can cultivate a safe, healthy work environment where people feel motivated toward high performance.
  2. Purpose-led business: Younger generations of employees are seeking organisations that are committed to purpose and who support their professional development. Organisations have a significant competitive advantage and a more compelling EVP for attraction, retention and engagement if their leaders know how to cultivate healthy team culture and learning experiences.
  3. Managing multiple stakeholders: Leaders often have to balance the needs of multiple stakeholders, including customers, shareholders and employees. In today’s fast-paced business environment, leaders must adapt to constantly changing circumstances and, at the same time, service all stakeholders.
  4. Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that leaders need to be able to cope with a changing environment that presents constant challenges. Covid recovery, economic instability and hybrid working call for leaders to manage initiatives that support people through change.
  5. Complex macro environment: Leaders are dealing with rapid technological change, a fluctuating economy, and rising expectations from organisations. Leadership teams must adapt constantly and be aware of change before it happens. Skills in transformational leadership helps leaders and their team deal with change and realise their full potential.

Overall, these challenges present a strong case for demonstrating the value of transformational leadership in organisations.

Program Benefits

With the help of the Transformational Leadership Program, leaders will explore inclusive behaviours to enhance their leadership capability:

  1. Self-awareness: This involves the ability to recognise and regulate one’s own emotions and maintain healthy relationships with others. Leaders can improve their self-awareness by engaging in self-reflection, by listening to and taking on feedback, and by developing empathy for those around them. 
  2. Empowering teams: Leaders who seek to understand other people and appreciate their differences, are better able to maintain healthy relationships. Transformational leaders listen and respond in respectful ways to what people need, and focus on building long-lasting connections. This has a positive effect on team member psychological safety and encourages team members to stretch and grow. 
  3. Collaboration: Leaders who can appreciate different needs and perspectives among stakeholders are better able to foster a collaborative work environment. Leaders with emotional intelligence and well-developed communication skills know their audience and can connect with ease. They also actively include all people in conversations and decision-making. 
  4. Empathy: Finding ways to relate to other people’s experiences and the emotions they are feeling, gives leaders a better insight into team members. When this happens, there is a better opportunity for connection and collaboration and this in turn means they’re more likely to support each other to achieve outcomes. 
  5. Decision making: Leaders make well-considered decisions with confidence when they’re prepared and see all points of view and challenge biases. Leaders can build this capability by challenging old views, researching and educating oneself, and by actively listening to and considering each person’s perspective.

By developing people in leadership roles in these competencies, organisations benefit from an improved workplace culture that supports teams to do their best work.

Program FAQs

What is a Transformational Leadership Program?

Our Transformational Leadership Training is a professional development course specifically designed to support those in leadership positions. It aims to provide participants with the skills, tools, resources and confidence necessary to develop transformational leadership behaviours. Our specialist facilitators have worked with many leaders across Australia and draw from these experiences to offer meaningful advice, practical strategies, and case studies to learn from.

Why should my organisation offer a Transformational Leadership Program?

Being part of a Transformational Leadership Course can help leaders develop skills, access mentoring and build partnerships across a supportive community of peers. It can also help participants to support each other to build skills in self-awareness, collaboration, and empowering others. The networking opportunities are crucial to helping leaders help each other.

Who can attend a Transformational Leadership Program?

This Transformational Leadership Program is designed for leaders. The leadership skills we focus on build competencies in establishing a healthy, thriving workplace culture, as well as developing a more well-rounded, robust leadership style.

Are Transformational Leadership Programs only available in person?

Our Transformational Leadership Program can be delivered face-to-face or as online learning – depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of a series of workshops and/or webinars with case studies and tools to support real world application – so leaders can apply skills from this leadership development program straight away. Often these are complemented by coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in challenging old behaviours and supporting leadership development in each of the participants. Organisations might also opt for a blended program that makes use of eLearning modules and other forms of media.

Program Case Study

Leadership Collective Program with Health & Happiness Group (Swisse)

 

1. What was the objective?

Bringing together the 75 leaders of SWISSE, this program was designed to build a forward-thinking leadership culture, with a focus on leadership brand, feedback and coaching, leading a growth mindset, and developing and empowering employees. The program was developed using the aspirational tone of the SWISSE culture to keep it brand aligned.

2. How did we do it?

Over the course of the 8 month program, we designed and delivered a series of modules that supported the development of key leadership capabilities. The program was built around a learning loop formula, where each capability would be applied through a series of stages from understanding and implementation through to application and reflection. Each module was delivered using different modes of learning, including pre and post work application tasks, eLearning modules, animation and workshops delivered face to face and online.

3. How was it integrated and what were the results?

The program was integrated as part of a broader leadership development initiative. This meant that this program was a collaboration that worked in partnership with Emma Murray, a mindset coach, and a team of innovation experts at Naked Ambition. This integrated model meant the participants could access expertise from a variety of different people to get the result they were looking for.

Example program

Month 1

Phase 1. Exploring business values

Questioning and validating current values.

  • In person workshop
  • Communities of practice
  • 1:1 coaching

Month 2

Phase 2. Establishing a cultural framework

Working through and setting up a cultural framework.

  • In person workshop
  • Communities of practice
  • 1:1 coaching
  • Video development

Month 3

Phase 3. Embedding the cultural framework

Working with leaders to embed the cultural framework.

  • In person workshop
  • Guest speaker
  • Communities of practice
  • 1:1 coaching

Month 4

Phase 4: Coaching cultural transformation

Coaching leaders to sustain the values and culture.

  • ‘Coaching the coach’ workshop
  • Communities of practice

PROGRAM Outline

Delivery Options

In Person Program

Virtual Program

Hybrid Program

Key Outcomes

1. Questioning of existing values and adjusting if required.

2. Values that are right for fulfilling the organisational purpose.

3. Diverse perspectives across the organisation on what’s working and what isn’t when it comes to culture.

4. Establishment of a cultural framework fit for diverse people across the organisation.

5. Coaching the cultural framework so that leaders and teams can engage in active transformation.

Possible Inclusions

1. Program roadmap

2. Induction

3. Welcome box

4. Workshops

5. Activities (e.g. Hackathon)

6. Guest speakers

7. Tools for application

8. Assets (e.g. eLearning, video)

9. Coaching

10. Participant management

Target Audience

Executive leaders

Our in-person delivery option maximises opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – this in-person approach is valuable for building strong bonds and bringing people together to collaborate.
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Our virtual delivery option breathes fresh life into the online experience with its almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built materials, participants can be assured of lively, dynamic sessions that have a distinct bias to action. Going virtual keeps program sessions succinct, sharp and focused on targeting particular skills in a dynamic way.
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A hybrid model takes the best of in-person and virtual delivery options and blends them together, so there’s a healthy mix of face to face collaboration and targeted skill building. Depending on the program themes, we work with you to decide what is better suited to getting together in a training space versus what would sit comfortably in an online setting. This flexible combination allows you and your team to get the best of both worlds.
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Executive leaders are key influencers of culture, and need to constructively set up middle managers, team leaders and teams with a strong sense of purpose and values. Data suggests that ‘great places to work’ and positive workplace climates have a direct impact on productivity levels, as people feel greater belonging and commitment.
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