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Great technical leadership requires more than just great coding skills. It requires a variety of other skills that are not well-defined, and they are not something that we can fully learn in any school or book. Hear from experienced technical leaders sharing their journey and philosophy for building… read more


#77 - Transformational Leadership: A Guide for the Soulful and Practical Leaders - Jardena London

“We want to create organizations that can surprise us and do things beyond what we’ve designed them to do, rather than a machine, which only operates in the box that you’ve designed."

Jardena London is a business transformation consultant and the author of “Cultivating Transformations”. In this episode, Jardena shared insights from her book on transformational leadership and how one can become a better leader. Jardena shared the 3 different transformational leadership lenses: the “Me”, “We”, and “System” lenses and we covered several important concepts, such as self-mastery, authenticity, psychological safety, resonance and dissonance, and systems thinking. Towards the end, Jardena shared how organizations should avoid becoming machines and instead create thriving human living systems, and thus become soulful organizations.

Listen out for:

  • Career Journey - [00:06:10]
  • Communication Between Tech and Business - [00:08:20]
  • Becoming a Better Leader - [00:11:00]
  • Transformational Leadership - [00:13:41]
  • Transformation and Getting Fired - [00:15:44]
  • Resonance and Dissonance - [00:17:36]
  • The “Me” Lens - [00:20:56]
  • Self-Mastery - [00:22:24]
  • Authenticity - [00:25:01]
  • Resiliency and Recovery - [00:28:26]
  • The “We” Lens - [00:31:50]
  • Psychological Safety - [00:32:58]
  • Getting Buy-In - [00:35:56]
  • Understanding People’s Pain - [00:37:50]
  • The “System” Lens: Thriving System - [00:42:57]
  • Systems Thinking - [00:46:08]
  • Soulful Organization - [00:47:36]
  • 3 Tech Lead Wisdom - [00:49:44]


Jardena London’s Bio
Jardena is a business transformation consultant, author, keynote speaker and a certified facilitator of Dare to Lead; Brene Brown’s groundbreaking training program for organizations based on creating courageous workplaces. Jardena is also the Founder of that is focusing on leading a movement to create workplaces that nourish our souls and exude positive energy. Her recent book, “Cultivating Transformations: A Leader’s Guide to Connecting the Soulful and the Practical” has been described as “the book you buy and carry around with you everywhere.”

Jardena’s mission is to help organizations create soulful, productive and fun workplace environments that support organizational and cultural change together with improving financial results. Jardena has also served as co-founder and CEO of Rosetta Technology Group since 1997.

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