“Our approach to developing inspirational leaders, what we call Affective Leadership, is a scientifically-substantiated methodology that leverages the neural mechanisms of human emotion to connect, engage and inspire today’s multi-cultural, multi-generational workforce,” commented Terry. “The intention is not to manipulate emotions, but to develop keen insights into how our presence, congruity, authenticity, transparency and communicative style affects those we lead and seek to positively influence.”
Through the application of collaborative, experiential learning, in combination with Performance Transformation’s proprietary Accretive Coaching Process℠, leaders and high potentials are provided the opportunity to experiment and discover these lessons for themselves and immediately begin to apply them within the context of the business.
While the approach incorporates insights from more than 200 peer-reviewed research studies, it is far from an academic treatise. Affective Leadership, and the firm’s developmental process is grounded in more than twenty years of real-world, executive leadership success.
“Simply put, Affective Leadership is the leadership of engagement,” added Terry. “Going as far back as the 1990s, I had the chance to lead multi-national business units for a global corporation. I was twenty years younger than my Managing Directors in Europe and Latin America. I had to learn how to lead multi-cultural, multi-generational workforces. I didn’t have a choice as I had been tapped to turn around an emotionally and cognitively disengaged workforce overseas. Our approach reflects those lessons and the rapidly emerging research supports our philosophy.”
“A quick canvasing of the contemporary business literature clearly demonstrates the importance of leveraging intrinsic values to engage and inspire today’s knowledge workers. Personal development, authentic relationships, being of service to others, and a sense of purposefulness cuts across the broad spectrum of perspectives that are conditioned into us through culture and generational experiences. This is especially important for creating a culture that attracts and helps retain the best and brightest workers from Gen-X and Gen-Y and for connecting these generations with the knowledge and wisdom our rapidly retiring Baby Boomers are taking with them.”
Performance Transformation exemplifies these intrinsic values through their community service programs. Warriors in Transition, which has been introduced in six states since 2009, received a formal commendation from General David Petraeus in 2010. The firm has also invested in developing programs for the Autism Spectrum Disorder community, and most recently, a leadership and life skills program for at-risk girls.
“Part of what we teach is congruency…the motivational power that can be unleashed by walking your talk. In order for us to impart these lessons with integrity, we must embody them in our actions,” said Terry.
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