Issue (3)

The transformational experience is a good presentation of how someone could find a meaning that motivates him or her to change into a better person. It is a test of his or her ability to overcome obstacles and turn them into opportunities for growth and development. The feedback from colleagues are very important in enhancing how you understand the transformational experience and how is your performance in dealing with such experiences. Your future career and life would be better if you understood the transformational experiences that you have gone through better. There are many skills that could be gained from transformational experiences.


The way we deal with difficult situations is considered by Bennis & Thomas (2002) to be important in becoming good leaders. Furthermore, the transformational experience changes the view of life and his or her role and stimulates creativity. Moreover, the transformational experience motivates the manager or leader to ask himself or herself about questions about his values, revises his or her previous beliefs, and improve his or her ability on making right decisions. Additionally, the manager or leader understands him- or herself better and also the world around him or her through the transformational experience. The ability to overcome adversity and turn the hard times into useful lessons is crucial in becoming effective leaders. It is clear that the transformational experience, especially if bad one, could reveal some aspects of the leader or manager personality and make him or her stronger. Moreover, the transformational experience could give a meaning to the life of the leader.

The major skill that someone gains for the transformational experience or critical incidents is how to transform the bad situation into useful knowledge. The good manager or leader learns to focus his or her thoughts on how to overcome the adversity rather than looking for what caused it according to Margolis & Stoltz (2010). For example, it is suggested that when you face a critical incident, I should ask myself the right questions to understand the basic facts of the problem. The first type of questions is the specifying questions which allow me to know what the available actions are. The second type is the visualizing questions which make me think of the solution not the problem. The third type is the collaborating questions that motivate me to seek others views about solving the problem. You should write down my answers to the previous questions in order to be able to solve it. It is important also to write down your answers to the previous questions about even the smallest problems on a daily basis as an exercise to become familiar of using them. You learn to be creative and positive in my thinking. The other important note is to learn to stop criticizing others and see yourself as a victim.

It is said that what doesn’t make me fail, makes me stronger. Having that said, it is clear that transformational experiences are essential in the life of successful leaders. The lessons learned from transformational experiences are important in developing the leadership into more effective one. The most crucial lesson is to be positive in handling different situations and never give up hope.

Issue Prepared by : THE PEAK Business Research Center ,

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Bennis, W. & Thomas, R. (2002) ‘Crucibles of Leadership‘, In: Harvard Business Review, 80(9) pp.39-45. (Unit 3 Readings)


Margolis, J. D. & Stoltz, P. G. (2010) ‘How to Bounce Back from Adversity‘, In: Harvard Business Review 88 (1-2) pp.86-92. (Unit 3 Readings)


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