6 Secrets of Transformational Leadership

Dato’ Idris Jala, CEO of PEMANDU


Dato’ Sri Idris Jala is the current President and CEO of PEMANDU Associates and for 6 years he served as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia. He is a renowned transformation guru in turning around companies’ performance through his big fast results methodology and transformational strategies. He has continuously delivered sustainable socio economic reforms which, in 2014, saw Bloomberg place Dato’ Sri Idris Jala among the top 10 most influential policy makers in the world. Under his leadership, PEMANDU was also named by NESTA, UK and Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the top 20 most innovative Government agencies in the world.

Prior to his Government stint, Idris Jala was Managing Director/CEO at Malaysia Airlines (MAS) for three years. He was brought on board to turn around the airline which was in crisis brought about by a prolonged bout of losses from operational inefficiencies.

Dato’ Sri Idris Jala will be sharing his 6 Secrets of Transformational Leadership in which he has developed over his years as a turnaround specialist; Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and CEO of PEMANDU Associates. The 6 secrets are:

Leigh Howard, Chairman of MABC

Play The Game of The Impossiblewhen setting goals, set them very high, to the brink of impossibility because by pursuing impossibility, people will move out of their comfort zone and achieve their true potential and capability threshold.

Use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) As Anchorsidentify the outputs and activities necessary to ‘move the needle’ and anchor them on KPIs. This allows ruthless focus on things that are most important to achieving the True North.

Exercise Situational Leadership– a good leader must read organizational signs and adapt their style to the situation.  Normally, at the start of a reform process, a leader may need to be more directive, especially when uncertainty and anxiety is generating resistance. As fear settles and consensus emerges, a leader’s style should become more empowering.

Build A Winning Coalition– build and maintain collaborative networks, recognizing conflicting views and political polarities

Accept “Divine” Intervention– regardless of how much effort is invested, humans have limited control

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