What is the difference between transformation and change? – Shota Aikawa

What is the difference between transformation and change? – Shota Aikawa

“What is the difference between transformation and change?” Britt asked, and seeing us puzzled, continued, “Change is like turning a caterpillar into an even bigger caterpillar. But transformation is a fundamental change, kind of like turning a caterpillar into a butterfly. Our aim is to make you all transform as a leader.”

It has been a week since we arrived in Seattle. Time flies, and we’ve already learned so much this week. So far, I’ve taken 3 main messages away from this program: there are multiple styles of leadership, the importance of awareness, and being able to focus on “why” rather than “what” and “how.”

In a session with Zach Anderson, one activity that fascinated me was where we chose an image that represented our leadership from a random pile of pictures. What I realized through this activity, is just how many different ideas of leadership the group had. Some said that leadership was ownership or responsibility; others said it was awareness of change. At first, I thought leadership was someone who has charisma and can lead the team in the right direction. But now, I see leadership as creating the context, and making a place for others to lead. I feel confident in my new beliefs about leadership, and so I will improve my own style of leadership throughout the next two weeks.

Second, I have learned the importance of awareness when communicating others. As a leader, it is essential to have a metacognition because you might intend to be helpful to others, but that action may have an offensive impact on that person. That is why it is important to ask yourself if you are communicating others in an appropriate way. I am the kind of guy who doesn’t listen very deeply to others, yet still tend to give advice. It may be effective in some situations, but I have experienced miscommunication with others in past, so this is going to be my challenge with my time at iLEAP: to really give 100% attention to whomever I am speaking with.

Lastly, we watched a Ted Talk about focusing on the “why.”

“People buy on why you do it, not what you do.”
This suggests that people are more moved by why you do it, more than what you do. When doing any project, it is important to think about why you want to do this project. Inquiring from myself about my own projects helped me have a deeper understanding of my personal philosophy, and strengthened my will to achieve it.

I only have two more weeks left, so I will cherish every moment, and hopefully, transform my leadership.

Shota Aikawa

Shota Aikawa