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This is a brief note on the presentation and workshop of Marcus Weston during the 5th Knowledge Sharing Series on “Developing Transformational Leadership for Sustainable Development” on 20 September 2016.  Watch the full video below.  To know more about the event, click here >>.


Leaders need to harness their emotional intelligence and awaken their original desire to work, to transform teams and organizations towards purpose-driven success through values-based leadership.

Key Points

For leaders to transform teams and organizations towards purpose-driven success, they need to understand the following premises:

1. Nothing you have experienced in your life is coincidental, accidental or random. 

If leaders fully grasp this concept, then they begin to value every second of their lives and feel inspired to take charge.

2. As you value your day-to-day experiences, you realize that you have a purpose.

Through this, it becomes easier and more natural for leaders to give and add value to anything they do, whether for themselves or for others.

3. In taking charge and giving value, you have to embrace change.

Any event when leaders resist change becomes detrimental.  It is the opposite of taking charge and giving value to experiences, and is synonymous with rejecting success.

Resolving the "Ego"

If leaders reject growth and value, they allow themselves to be controlled by their “ego.” Weston said that everyone has different levels of tolerance and enjoyment, and the ego is the threshold when a person could not anymore tolerate or enjoy the experience.  Leaders need to know that boundary, so they would keep on pushing it away and widen their comfort zones.

Weston said that if leaders do not overcome their ego, challenges would mount up.  “The universe will permit you to change in other ways if you resist change,” he explained.  When leaders miss the point where they are supposed to change, challenges would keep on repeating and becomes overwhelming.

The "POT" Formula

The speaker shared the “POT” formula on how to proactively deal with challenges or obstacles, as well as push back the ego:

1. Pause

Leaders need to observe their reactive nature.  To do this, it is advisable to first stop, breathe and wait.  This may be quite easy to comprehend, but this is the most difficult to do.

2. Own

Leaders need to become aware that the particular reaction, which is coming from within, is the real enemy.  Through this, you would notice your own boundary or ego.

3. Turn

Leaders need to take the proactive action in resolving that boundary or ego.  If the reaction is anger or fear, then the person needs to turn it around and realize that what you are feeling is not usually true.  This boundary is just a projected thought of what might happen and usually contracts your objective view.  When leaders become proactive in changing their reactions, they become empowered.


Weston summarized that learning more of our personal leadership and ego traits would allow people to become effective leaders in further achieving the team’s successes.

About the Speaker

Weston began a career in international finance before launching his consultancy practice in 2001. He founded Love2Work to change the consciousness and culture of the workplace, by drilling through personal layers and unleashing new levels of purpose and performance. Love2Work provides education and training, showing why new competencies of emotional intelligence, problem solving and critical thinking are crucial for developing the world at work. Weston has also spearheaded socially impacting, community projects to empower children and youth. He is an international speaker and private mentor to a “who’s who” of leaders in business, politics, show business and sport. He is a regular commentator in the national UK media with interviews in The Times, The Daily Mirror, The London Evening Standard, and The Guardian, as well as BBC Radio London and London Live.

5th Knowledge Sharing Series: Developing Transformational Leadership for Sustainable Development