Learn how to be the kind of leader that inspires and empowers people to make a broader mission their own.
In this episode, I am talking with Fred Kofman, leadership advisor at Google and former VP of executive development and leadership philosopher at Linkedin. We are discussing some of the ideas in his new book ” The Meaning Revolution”: The power of transcendent leadership.
From the publisher:
Financial incentives like salary and bonuses, benefits and stock options, only drive a small portion of employees’ motivation. What really drives engagement is the meaning, the larger purpose beyond getting a paycheck, which lies under the surface. It is comprised of respect, integrity, a feeling of belonging, a sense of achievement, having a purpose larger than ourselves, and following and living by ethical principles.
Kofman argues that virtually every organization involved in voluntary exchanges has what he calls an “immortality project” at its core. The challenge for leaders is to identify and expand on that core and to inspire all stakeholders to take part. In The Meaning Revolution, Kofman answers questions such as:
- How to “die before you die,” thinking about the legacy you are leaving behind while you still have an opportunity to shape it.
- How to assume a truly “response-able” mantle of leadership, in a step-by-step, practical way.
- How to move past your deepest fears and anxieties to fashion a truly heroic life.
- How organizations, and the people within them, can make a difference in the world.
Transcendent leaders are rare, but they do exist, and Kofman profiles a number of them in this book. They inspire followers not by relying on carrots and sticks (offering a nice salary, bonus, and tangible perks, or threatening them with demotion or the loss of their job) but by appealing to the belief that they are spending their waking time making a difference in the world. THE MEANING REVOLUTION shows how, by becoming a transcendent leader, how you can address the essential challenges of engagement and fulfillment in a more sustainable way.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
FRED KOFMAN is an Advisor, leadership development at Google, and former vice president of executive development and leadership philosopher at LinkedIn. Born in Argentina, Kofman came to the United States as a graduate student, where he earned his PhD in advanced economic theory at U.C. Berkeley. He taught management accounting and control systems at MIT for six years before forming his own consulting company, Axialent, and teaching leadership workshops for corporations such as General Motors, Chrysler, Shell, Microsoft, and Citibank. At its height, his company had 150 people and created and taught programs to more than 15,000 executives. Sheryl Sandberg writes about him in her book Lean In, claiming Kofman “will transform the way you live and work.”
Fred Kofman on Linkedin:https://www.linkedin.com/in/fkofman/