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Transformational Leadership
People will follow a person who inspires them.
A person with vision and passion can achieve great things.
The way to get things done is by infusing enthusiasm, motivation and energy.
The style
Working for a Transformational Leader can be a wonderful and uplifting experience. They put passion, determination and energy into everything. They care about you and want you and the project to succeed.
Developing the vision
Transformational Leadership starts with the development of a vision, a view of the future that will excite and convert potential followers. This vision may be developed by the leader, by the senior team or may emerge from a broad series of discussions. The important factor is the leader initiates it or buys into it, completely.
Selling the vision
The next step, which in fact never stops, is to consistently sell the vision. This takes energy, determination and commitment, as few people will immediately buy into a radical vision, and some will join the goal much more slowly than others will. The Transformational Leader thus takes every opportunity and will use whatever works to convince and persuade others to climb on board the bandwagon.
In order to create followers, the Transformational Leader has to be very careful in creating trust, and their personal integrity is a critical part of the package that they are promoting. In effect, they are selling themselves as well as the vision.
Finding the way forwards
In parallel with the selling activity is seeking the way forward. Some Transformational Leaders know the way, and simply want others to follow them. Others do not have a ready strategy, but will happily lead the exploration of possible routes to the Promised Land and the ultimate success.
The path forwards may not be obvious and may not be outlined in details, but with a clear vision, the direction will always be known. Thus finding the way forward can be an ongoing process of course correction and the Transformational Leader will accept that there will be impediments and blind canyons along the way. As long as they feel progress is being made, they will be happy.
Leading the charge
The final stage is to remain transparent and up-front during the action. Transformational Leaders are always visible and will stand up to be counted rather than hide behind their subordinates and their staff. They show by their attitudes and actions how everyone else should behave (lead by example). They also make continued efforts to motivate and rally their followers, constantly doing the rounds, listening, soothing and promoting enthusiasm among their staff.
It is their unswerving commitment and determination as much as anything else that keeps people going, particularly through the darker times when some may question whether the vision can ever be achieved. If the people do not believe that they can succeed, then their efforts will diminish. The Transformational Leader seeks to inspire and motivate their followers with a high level of commitment and determination to the vision.
One of the methods the Transformational Leader uses to sustain motivation is in the use of complements, ceremonies, rituals and other cultural symbolism. Small changes get big hurrahs, pumping up their significance as indicators of real progress.
Overall, the leaders balance their attention between action that creates progress and the mental state of their followers. Perhaps more than other approaches, they are people-oriented, believe that success comes first, and last through deep determination and sustained commitment.
Discussion
Whilst the Transformational Leader seeks overtly to transform the organization, there is also a tacit promise to followers that they also will be transformed in some way, perhaps to be more like this amazing leader. In some respects, then, the followers are the product of the transformation. When leadership and the organization is successful, everyone benefits.
Transformational Leaders are often charismatic, but are not as narcissistic as pure Charismatic Leaders, who succeed through a belief in themselves rather than a belief in others, they believe in a team effort.
One of the traps of Transformational Leadership is that passion and confidence can easily be mistaken for truth and reality. Whilst it is true that great things have been achieved through enthusiastic leadership, it is also true that many passionate people have led the charge right over the cliff and into a bottomless chasm. Just because someone believes, they are right; it does not mean they are right. They must have a realistic vision and have the perseverance and knowhow to stimulate harmony.
Paradoxically, the energy that gets people going can also cause them to give up. Transformational Leaders often have large amounts of enthusiasm, which, if relentlessly applied, can wear out their followers. The leaders must occasionally inspire and elevate the morale of their staff.
Transformational Leaders also tend to see the big picture, but not the details, where the problems often lurk. If they do not have people to take care of this level of information, then they are usually doomed to fail. The leaders must have staff to handle the details.
Finally, Transformational Leaders, by definition, seek to transform. When the organization does not need transforming and people are happy as they are, then such a leader will focus on how to improve the organization. Crisis time leaders (like our situation today in the city of Los Angeles), however, given the right situation they come into their own and can be personally responsible for saving entire organizations, companies or governmental agencies and cities.
 
YJ Draiman
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Leadership and what it entails
 
Ethics on leadership involves authority on self and others to help the organization uphold values that are important to the set up. Society’s need for common good and peaceful interaction and interrelationships are based on honesty, service to others and moral courage. After all, ethics is the branch of philosophy concerned with the intent, means, and consequences of moral behaviors.
 
Moral issues such as; equality, safety, properties, respect, human relationships; to name a few, are social consciences to be considered when it comes to our day-to-day interaction with all creatures here on earth. Even though our behaviors and personality has common relation with our culture from where we have established our early environment, as a person, being human, we have distinctive characteristics that are unique that has more and higher significance with those of other creatures in the planet. Simply because; we possess the moral sense and we have a conscience to distinguish our actions and decisions based on our judgments between right and wrong.
 
When we are aware of the limits of our actions to deliberate our thoughts to actualization, we then are conscious of all the consequences of them. Moreover, this is the turning point of ones ability to choose what decision to make based on the ethics that society have imposed. We are also all influenced from three formations in our growing years; that is, by association, through books we read, and in our own self-concepts. As we grow with reason, we can know what we can act and cannot, based upon our consciousness of the cultural issues of morality, which determine our peer’s trust and respect on us.
 
Ethics as we all know is just as important as values. Some act on their ethical judgments based on self-defined morals as influenced in their growing years’ environment, and from association with our peers, authority, and self-convictions as well as the values we hold. As a leader, it is important to determine our own moral principles and decide ethical conducts in the light of the meaning that it attaches with our own lives; from our own cultures, education, and purposes in life.
 
Ethics embrace values and morality as an important factor and full partner in the quest for an outstanding performance, not only in leadership but also in a person’s daily actuation. Ethics in work and leadership is important more than anything. The work rules, the codes of conducts in the workplace are the determining factors what the organization strive and live for. Reputation and Success are synonymous without question. Everything that is happening inside the operation of the organization reflects the ethical ideals of the ownerships the members hold within their beliefs and values. Then what is transported to the outside world of their circle that determines reciprocity of public trust and loyalty.
 
We are not born with values, but we become what we are as influenced from our own cultures and societies where we grow and when become aware of them as children. We adopt what is being promoted to us; and from it, thus our own values are born. The more we understand our values deep within us, the clearer we can be with what we want to do with our lives, how we want to live our lives. We have a good picture of our self-identity and we become more confident with our actions and actuation in our day-to-day existence. When we developed good character traits from the values we hold, we then possess qualities of great leadership.
 
Leadership requires competence; to be caring, having value-based convictions, and must be committed to certain ideals and goals that achieve the group’s vision and mission. As ethics in leaderships are required, leaders will have to have the instinct of higher ideals, possess values, and strive to be just, to serve all for the common good. Commitment to the basic values such as honesty, responsibility, charity, excellence, and persistence are necessary for building trust. In addition, trust must be attained because it is the bedrock of the organizational survival and its growth over the long term.
 
People will forgive the leader who fails to manage by objectives or in its inefficiency in the use of time, and sometimes when a leader fails to achieve the smoothest human relations; but, they cannot forgive and it is difficult for anyone in society to forgive the leader who are immoral and unprincipled. This is the reason why leaderships must not only be a visionary, but also know the importance and exercise good judgments of actions and decisions based on the principles of right and wrong. Moreover, mostly, embrace the ethics of values and morality as full partners in the quest for its performance. To test their actions and decisions for the good of all that they serve and the society is by asking; is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better relationships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned. Then and only then, can higher ethical climate is obtained. Moreover, when it is, profits of the company operations will be better, as it reflects trust to the stakeholders and shareholders; cultivate loyalty to the staffs, employees, and customers.
 
YJ Draiman
 
 




Will Angelenos fight to save LA? – YJ Draiman
LA’s most immediate issues that voting Angelenos face, the spring of 2017 and the Mayoral and City Council races of Los Angeles are around the corner, and is already on the mind of Angelenos who wonder how or even if the mayoral contenders who wish to replace Antonio Villaraigosa are able and can keep the city out of Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
LA’s current financial crisis bring about, the need to confront whether Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and/or the need of voters to say no to new City taxes and threaten a Chapter 9 bankruptcy in order to establish further and necessary charter reform, is a fundamental question that might be fair to proclaim as a legacy of the outgoing Villaraigosa mayoral tenure.
The six main mayoral contenders (insiders City Controller Wendy Greuel, City Councilmember Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Jan Perry and the two outsiders; Prosecutor Kevin James and Energy specialist YJ Draiman) will all need to ask themselves whether they can truly keep Los Angeles out of Chapter 9 bankruptcy, or if they are willing and have the courage to confront it as a method of reversing the heretofore-irreversible operating problems in Los Angeles that have occurred during and even before Mayor Villaraigosa’s terms as mayor.
Why would anyone with a sound mind elect any of the insiders; they have been in LA City Hall for over ten years and have brought the city of LA to its current crisis, they have failed the people, they do not deserve a chance to destroy our city further.
Angelenos have a chance to replace about seventy percent of the current elected officials at LA City Hall. Let us take advantage and elect a new breed of leaders with fresh ideas and no allegiance to the political machine or the special interests groups.
The mayoral contenders will need to explain how they can truly represent Angelenos homeowners, other residents and businesses while also pursuing closed-door sessions with intransigent public unions that currently exclude ordinary Angelenos.  They will need to answer those who want further charter reform that would empower, and not marginalize, neighborhood councils that best represent the grassroots leadership of LA neighborhoods.
And, of course, the mayoral contenders will have to explain their own solutions to job creation, business friendly attitude, transportation and infrastructure visions as well as how to take on the independent-but-interdependent LAUSD administration and teachers unions, and much more.
During elections, there are many words spoken that usually fail to produce action, and after elections the need to see action is by far more important than mere words.  But the challenges and hopes, and the failures, established by the lackluster eight years of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa cannot be ignored. The City of Los Angeles is now in its worst economic and financial condition since the 1930’s.
Many people and businesses are leaving the city. The people of LA have lost their trust in the government and the various special interests groups that are milking the city
Los Angeles needs a strong innovative leader who can unify the various factions in the city, and form a unified cohesive force to overcome the current crises and dissention. Every faction must be willing to compromise or we are doomed.
We must put all our differences aside and it is imperative that we all work together for the betterment of the city and its population. We have a saleable product; let us promote it, market it and sell it.
After all it is a government by the people for the people.
YJ Draiman for Mayor of LA 2017

We must develop our hydrocarbon resources and allocate a 20 percent of the revenue for renewable energy and energy efficiency. This will turn the economy and provide thousands of jobs for the long term. Our economic prosperity depends on it. These jobs can not be performed overseas. It will also increase our energy independence and make the U.S. less reliant on foreign sources of energy.
 
 
One free man defending his home is more powerful than ten hired soldiers
 
 
WWhen Elected as Mayor. It is my intent to rejuvenate the City of Los Angeles as a center of innovation and productivity, a city where we are rebuilding the manufacturing infrastructure. I plan to implement Energy & utility efficiency. We can produce goods and services at competitive prices and better quality. We must make Los Angeles business friendly, reduce taxes, cut expenses, reduce bureaucracy, streamline regulations, inform all city departments that a new mandate is taking place and that is, it is the city department’s job to cooperate and promote new businesses and help retain existing businesses. All city Workers must increase productivity and efficiency.
Each new business generates employment and revenues, which reduces the burden on the people of Los Angeles.
It will take the full cooperation of the people, businesses, unions and government to achieve this tremendous task.
"Let us take back our city and make it Los Angeles governed by the people...

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