The Transformational Leader:

How to build a competitive advantage by inspiring, motivating and engaging teams in times of increasing change.

Passion. Inspiration. Innovation

The impact of senior leaders at a global level is valued in the billions of dollars. Therefore, it’s critical that leaders inspire their teams to future-proof their organizations in disruptive industries.

The questions leaders must ask themselves are:

  • How do I support my organization with change efforts?
  • Do I inspire and engage my teams?
  • Do I deliver transformation through culture and accountability?
  • What stops me and my teams from achieving excellence?

Given the rapid rate of disruption and emerging competitors, particularly in sectors previously protected by patents and high-entry cost, transformational leadership is essential to survival. Change is needed, and it starts with the leaders themselves.

A Leadership Call To Action

Transformational leaders lead by example. They lead from the front and encourage, inspire and motivate followers towards their vision. Transformational leaders express a clear purpose, are passionate about what they do and stand for, and communicate a clear vision for themselves and their company. These leaders are optimistic, energetic and enthusiastic, traits that are infectious to those around them.

The Inspiration

This book focuses on leadership transformation and growth, a subject on which much literature already exists. As part of the research for this book, I wanted to gain personal insights, case studies and stories from leaders who are actively involved with not only surviving in a disruptive business world but thriving under fire. With this idea in mind, I approached over 400 executive leaders across the globe, inviting them to share their wisdom and stories on this subject. I interviewed leaders from the United States, Canada, Germany, England, other parts of Europe, Asia, Middle East, South Africa, and Australia. The most relevant insights and valuable wisdom from some of these executive leaders are included in the book.

This book sets out a clear step-by-step model and process how leaders can transform themselves and their businesses. And transformation is not simply taking a different approach; it means developing a whole new vision of your leadership.

Following the transformational leadership model, leaders will be able to encourage and inspire their teams to innovate and create change to shape the future success of the company. To challenge employees to go beyond the ordinary, and to create an aspirational future, one that once may have seemed impossible.

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Leadership Through My Lens: Portraits | Reflections | Inspiration

Power. Strength. Inspiration.

These fundamental qualities of leadership are eloquently reflected in nature. The camera lens captures these moments of raw beauty to teach us important personal and professional lessons.

My book, Leadership Through My Lens, combines my two passions in life: leadership and photography. Photography is a common language we all understand. It creates an instant emotional and intellectual connection. Through my photography, I educate, inspire and change the way people think about leadership, growth and success.

My 25+ years working with businesses and senior leaders in emerging and established markets has taken me on assignments around the world. Through the lens of my camera, I have captured the magnificent landscapes and wildlife of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. In my book, I connect these images with important business and leadership lessons that reinvigorate and impel people to change the way they work.

This book is for:

  • Senior executives struggling to lead effectively.
  • Professionals seeking direction, clarity and motivation.
  • Employees who want to climb the corporate ladder.
  • People who want to feel re-energised about their work and personal lives.

This book will:

  • Change the way you think about leadership.
  • Help you to lead your teams more effectively.
  • Give you clarity on your goals.
  • Inspire you to take control of your career.
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Rarely does a single book on leadership encompass so many valuable topics, and does so in manner that does not lecture but rather engages the reader to elicit thoughtful contemplation, but that is what this book achieves!  Inspiring photography activates creative considerations that then seamlessly lead to a leadership element with practical observations and advice.  I definitely recommend this book for people aspiring to continuously hone, refine, and enhance their leadership competencies and improve their results, impact, and legacy.
Rarely does a single book on leadership encompass so many valuable topics, and does so in manner that does not lecture but rather engages the reader to elicit thoughtful contemplation, but that is what this book achieves!  Inspiring photography activates creative considerations that then seamlessly lead to a leadership element with practical observations and advice.  I definitely recommend this book for people aspiring to continuously hone, refine, and enhance their leadership competencies and improve their results, impact, and legacy.
Anton has managed to capture the essence of leadership traits in a very unique way by combining his love for photography and his passion for writing in his book: Leadership Through My Lens. A truly distinctive portrayal of topics which will inspire as well as motivate anyone who reads it. Beautiful photography goes hand in hand with very relevant issues leaders have to face in the business environment today. Well worth the read!
Anton has managed to capture the essence of leadership traits in a very unique way by combining his love for photography and his passion for writing in his book: Leadership Through My Lens. A truly distinctive portrayal of topics which will inspire as well as motivate anyone who reads it. Beautiful photography goes hand in hand with very relevant issues leaders have to face in the business environment today. Well worth the read!
I am blown away. It is a beautiful book with such wisdom and expressed without all the padding that so many writers want to put in and which makes reading a great labour of boredom. It’s an easy read packed with wisdom. The content is thought provoking and the photographs quite stunning and furthermore very appropriate.
I am blown away. It is a beautiful book with such wisdom and expressed without all the padding that so many writers want to put in and which makes reading a great labour of boredom. It’s an easy read packed with wisdom. The content is thought provoking and the photographs quite stunning and furthermore very appropriate.
This beautiful book is filled with wisdom and is an easy and enjoyable read. I am certain these pages will inspire, uplift and encourage us all to be better leaders and better colleagues
This beautiful book is filled with wisdom and is an easy and enjoyable read. I am certain these pages will inspire, uplift and encourage us all to be better leaders and better colleagues
As a leader it is of vital importance to remain current in your views of the world. Finding inspiring ideas is part of building your personal brand. LEADERSHIP THROUGH MY LENS offers interesting information on a variety of topics, mostly linked to the African bush. Anton van der Walt’s writing style is easy to identify with, and each page provides a fresh perspective on work relevant topics. The presented topics are linked to a “catch phrase” which can be used as themes to underpin team commitments. It is very different to the standard leadership development books currently available and a must read to leaders who are serious about personal and team development.
As a leader it is of vital importance to remain current in your views of the world. Finding inspiring ideas is part of building your personal brand. LEADERSHIP THROUGH MY LENS offers interesting information on a variety of topics, mostly linked to the African bush. Anton van der Walt’s writing style is easy to identify with, and each page provides a fresh perspective on work relevant topics. The presented topics are linked to a “catch phrase” which can be used as themes to underpin team commitments. It is very different to the standard leadership development books currently available and a must read to leaders who are serious about personal and team development.
I absolutely love it... mostly that it is very personal, but also a person speaking and not "leader". I love the approach of people leading people and that is the biggest lesson for Leadership I think. It's not a typical high-handed telling approach but rather just planting seeds for thought.... the reader can make with it what they want. You actually give the camera settings, some pointers ito lens speed etc.... but at the end of the day everyone can look at exactly the same thing and take a totally different picture... it's your attitude that really influences what picture you take and your writings gives amazing insight into the right attitude and approach. It is an amazing g piece of work!
I absolutely love it... mostly that it is very personal, but also a person speaking and not "leader". I love the approach of people leading people and that is the biggest lesson for Leadership I think. It's not a typical high-handed telling approach but rather just planting seeds for thought.... the reader can make with it what they want. You actually give the camera settings, some pointers ito lens speed etc.... but at the end of the day everyone can look at exactly the same thing and take a totally different picture... it's your attitude that really influences what picture you take and your writings gives amazing insight into the right attitude and approach. It is an amazing g piece of work!