GA 176 | How to Be a Transformative Leader with Amir Ghannad

This week’s guest is Amir Ghannad, author and leadership specialist. Amir talked about his book, The Transformative Leader, and explained the differences between change and transformation. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • The quote that inspires Amir (4:49)
  • Amir’s background (5:33)
  • About The Transformative Leader (7:24)
  • The countermeasures (8:37)
  • The difference between change and transformation (10:05)
  • Examples of this (10:58)
  • Amir’s personal journey as a leader (13:13)
  • The definition of leadership (15:36)
  • Energizing others (17:02)
  • Traits of a transformative leader (18:28)
  • What Amir’s statement means (20:53)
  • How Amir organized his book (22:44)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Amir (24:55)
  • The best advice Amir has ever received (26:30)
  • What Amir is most proud of (27:29)
  • Books Amir recommends (28:35)
  • The knowledge or skill area Amir wants to improve (29:27)
  • Amir’s final words of wisdom (32:17)

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  1. Brion Hurley

    August 18, 2017 - 10:14 pm

    I use the Podcast Addict app for Android, and I listen to your podcasts during my commute or while working out

  2. Ignacio

    August 20, 2017 - 8:22 am

    Hi, thank you for the great content.

    Regarding my listening habits, I listen to the podcast in my cellphone, through an Android app called Podcast Addicts (which I got to know, by the way, through a recommendation I found in Mark Graban’s Lean Blog 🙂 ).

    Thank you again for the podcast and keep up the good work!

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