Creating a high performance workforce or team is increasingly important in today’s world of uncertainty, turbulence and rapid change. Leaders are challenged to raise staff the go beyond doing their duty per se. I believe transformational leaders can instinctively achieve this.
Transformational leaders are those that:
- Have a compelling vision and dream that readily inspires, with a distinct magnetism.
- Share quality insights in the vision they plainly embody, compels a following.
- Readily engage and empower mentees to find themselves and their vision, utilise their unique talents, and share their ideas.
- Foster quality, connected, relationships of deep mutual trust with others as partners.
- Bring an atmosphere of powerful testimonies fuelling radical enthusiasm & optimism.
Who can become such a transformational leader
By default those that feel transformed establish transformative culture. It’s your own transformation that pulsates in you, that you role model, that moves people. Spirit or heart is foundational to this, not just great attitudes or skills which are essential. Leonardo da Vinci said, “Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
God’s word feeds the UPGRADE in spirit to release the transformational-leader in us. (See Isaiah chapter 55, verses 4-13.):
Upgrade your belief about yourself
Firstly, do you see yourself as a leader or influencer? Isaiah chapter 55 verses 4 & 5 says, “see I have made him(Messiah) a witness to the peoples, a ruler a commander….” In Christ you have that seed of a transformational leader & influencer like King David. People will come running. David helped the miserable to become mighty. Believe and confess this despite how you may feel.
Upgrade by seeking a difference within to make a difference
Seek God, he’s waiting for you. Seeking Him about what’s going on inside makes a difference inside. Jacob was troubled and sought God and wrestled with Him. He knew God was the source of his destiny. God made a difference in Him calling him Israel from then on. “Seek the Lord while he may be found.”
Upgrade today, not tomorrow
We procrastinate to seek him. Nothing changes. Spiritual thirst, like physical thirst should leads us to take immediate action . The world needs you now, not in twenty years’ time. Verse 6 “call ye upon him while he is near:” Our Father in heaven likes having you near to Him.
Draw near so Holy Spirit can make you a thirst-quencher for others. People will come running as you do television with substance, visual arts with rare beauty, sports as an iconic role-model, wealthy creation that kills poverty, health care with potent relief and healing capability, and the list goes on to every field of endeavour.
Upgrade your seating
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord..” In other words God is implying we are better than that lowly sinful state! Rid yourself of ways contrary to his, by returning to his right ways. Avoid the worst seat.
We must get serious to maintain God’s presence in our lives, ridding whatever it takes. Moses knew this. He knew only God’s presence could distinguish people before nations, in Exodus Chapter 33. God elevated him to get his best seat; as His judge and ruler.
Upgrade your value of His Mercy
“…and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
Turn and repent, because you expect blessings, not bashings! Healing comes through receiving divine pardon. Saying sorry will remove the worry. The disappointments, repeat-failings and past guilt and shame to bring will find closure. Receiving abundant pardon catapults you forward in His abundant love! Don’t get stuck in blame or you’ll stay the same. Slaves have no liberty. You are a son.
Upgrade to higher thinking
Value his ideas and ways over your own wisdom. “8 … as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”….my word be that goeth forth… it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please….” His superior thinking leads to superior results and character. Get your seed of your vision in His word. The Spirit makes it grow.
Upgrade to joy and peace
Repentance means realigning your heart and your business to his ways. Zacchaeus in the bible did both. Jesus upgraded him from his feeling of smallness to tallness, from insecurity to unspeakable joy and peace in God. “12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…”
Transformed to transform
“13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree …and it shall be to the Lord for a name…” God’s goal is to transform thorny places of our hearts into lush and flourishing places. It happens as we turn to him and forsake our old ways. We honour Him for the liberty he gives in Christ. This is the most true foundation to effect life-giving transformation.
Transformational leaders are Christ’s salt and light to the market place. The picture attached is of my oil painting which was accepted into the prestigious Camberwell Art show in Melbourne. I call it MCG beauty. I see the MCG reflecting the beauty of God’s holiness.
Friends, unprecedented times call for unprecedented leaders to arise. I invite you all to the up-coming, Hope churches “Mountain Mover” conference at the ‘LaunchPad’ in Richmond, Melbourne, Australia on August 23(PM) -24(AM), 2019. More details forthcoming. All welcome. Jesus spoke of our faith moving mountains…” Come and get launched into your destiny!
Mark Rusic was born in Melbourne and has a bachelor in Mechanical engineering. He became a missionary to many suffering hardship and poverty on Madura Island in Indonesia, for about 4 years, from 1990. He has worked as a pastor-life coach over the past 17 years in Hope International Ministries. Mark is also an artist and author and has also written two books which are a collection of his own paintings, photography and poetry. These include ‘Iconic Melbourne of Australia’ and ‘Iconic Animals of Australia with a voice to release your giant potential within.’ He has been counted among some of Australia’s best-selling authors since 2014 and is a public speaker in various community groups, organisations and churches. He has a special grace to help people find and release why they were born. See iconiccolours.com for more information about Mark’s services.
Mark Rusic was born in Melbourne and has a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering. He became a missionary to many, suffering hardship and poverty on Madura Island in Indonesia, in 1990 for about four years. He worked as a pastor-life coach with Hope International Ministries from 2002 to May 2023, playing a key role in raising up leaders and elders for the local Melbourne Hope church, which lead today. Mark has also been active in conducting yearly trips to remote Indigenous communities, bringing teams for training and outreach, which he initiated from 2015. He also established a salt and light ministry to empower saints of influence in the marketplace from 2017.
Mark is also an artist and an author and has written two books which are both a collection of his own paintings, photography, and poetry. These include ‘Iconic Melbourne of Australia’ and ‘Iconic Animals of Australia- With a voice to release your giant potential within,’ which are available now on booktopia.com.au and at leading book retailers. He has been counted among some of Australia’s best authors on several occasions through Dymocks since 2014 and continues to be a motivational speaker in various community groups, organisations, and churches.
He is currently pioneering his itinerant ministry to bless Indigenous people and empower the body of Christ, while working as an artist, author and speaker.