The Truth About Transformational Leadership

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Dan Saia

Earlier this week I was inspired by a few of my clients.  They shared publicly – on a call with me and my community – about their experience of me as a transformational leader.

It was interesting though, because the purpose of the call was for them to share the gifts and “a-has’ they received from working with me in person.  What I didn’t expect was to hear from them that it was my leadership that made their transformations possible.

Some of them who have extensive background in business, coaching, seminar facilitation and executive leadership commented that they’d NEVER witnessed the “flavor” of transformational leadership I bring to an event.

So, it made me look at what I do that (in their opinion) sets me apart from anyone else they’ve seen lead an event before.  Here are some of the most important distinctions I discovered… I share them in hopes they help on your journey as a transformational messenger.

1)    The Power of Presence
Unlike many leaders who prepare for their events with PowerPoint presentations, 3-ring binders, detailed outlines and spreadsheets… my preparation is quite different.  Event preparation takes MONTHS for me (even years) because the most important gift I can bring to my clients at a live event is the power of pure, authentic PRESENCE.  It’s essential to not just prepare notes, etc… but to truly prepare your body, heart, mind and soul to be a rock solid stand for IN THE MOMENT presence.  This alone has the power to profoundly transform another human being.

2)    The Light of Love
Before even one of my clients enter the seminar/retreat room, I sit in the room and radiating love to every corner of the room, and the building we are in.  I envision each person attending being wrapped in a blanket of love and opening their hearts to the power of love.  What this does is sets such a high vibration that people walk in and it feels like “home” from the first moment.  Love – like presence – has the power to heal the deepest wounds, break free the most terrified hearts, and reflect back the light of one’s own soul.

3)    The Real Agenda
I always tell my event attendees that I don’t have a specific agenda for the event.  I realize that’s scary for the left-brain, logical people to fully grasp.  But the truth is my REAL agenda is the agenda my clients bring into the room.  I create the entire experience based on up-to-the-minute input from my event attendees.  They tell me where they’re stuck, what they need to let go of, the clarity they are seeking, what fears keep them from shining their light, etc. And that is what creates my agenda… what THEY need in the moment, to help them exactly where they are.  The results is pure magic… that leads to openings and miracles that keep coming.

4)    Safety – The True Catalyst
When it comes to leading an experience where people can transform at a deep level, I’ve discovered that without true safety… the transformation can’t happen.  I’ve been told by many people that I have an “uncanny” or “uncommon” ability to make every single person in my presence feel safe.  Some of them even feel safe enough to share the very thing they felt most scared to share… which was also the thing that liberated them and changed the course of their life.  Presence, love and “the real agenda” is what makes the feeling of safety come alive in a room.

Sometime I wish I could break down what I do and how I do it more specifically than this, but it’s so innate and rooted in the essence of who I am… it fels a little too close to actually see.

But thanks to my clients holding up the mirror for me this past Tuesday on my Transformational Author Breakthrough preview call, it brought to light these four components that I trust will serve you on your journey as a transformational messenger… and leader.


To get a peek at what I’m talking about… please watch my video at

Please let me know your thoughts about these ideas on transformational leadership.  Do you think I’m “nuts” for leading this way or does it feel “right” to you?  Leave your comments below.  Thank you!



2 responses to “The Truth About Transformational Leadership”

  1. nancy karlson bridge says:

    It feels right Christina, and almost too good to be true. As I sit here tonight crying and gazing at the moon, I can’t help but wonder…am I really on a transformational path that will have these deep wounds of emotional pain make a difference to someone else or am I just fooling myself?

    Yes, you make it safe for others. You lead with an uncanny ability and an accurate barometer to sense ALL who are present in the room with you and forward the conversation for the good of everyone present. I don’t know this from being with you in person, only being LIVE on calls with you. You are like a “thought catcher” when it comes to anticipating what some people may be experiencing. You catch and clarify things in the moment, for the inclusion of everyone. That’s a great quality for a leader to have who is comitted to leaving one behind.

    Life IS best when experienced in the moment. You can plan, prepare and be ready to lead, but who knows what will be actually be happening in any given moment until you’re actually there?

    I say: Prepare, plan, gather all the information you can and then be ready, willing and able to remain true to your vision and purpose, AND… FLY BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS!!!


    Nancy Karlson Bridge

  2. nancy karlson bridge says:

    Christine Kloser leaves no one behind! Thank God!!!

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