by Silvia Peters
This is part one of a two part series
Transformational leaders motivate followers to achieve high performance and develop their own leadership potential in the process. Studies have shown that groups with transformational leaders are more satisfied and perform on a higher level than other groups. One reason for this is that transformational leaders believe their subordinates can always perform to the best of their ability. As a result of their positive expectations, these leaders inspire, stimulate, and empower followers to perform at the highest level.
To find out if you are a transformational leader, respond to the following 8 statements with yes or no:
#1: It has always been easy for me to inspire people.
#2: My team would say I am attentive to their concerns and needs.
#3: I would never ask a member of my team to do something that I wouldn’t do.
#4: I believe the keys to success lies in innovation and creativity.
#5: I have been told my positive energy is catchy.
#6: My group knows what I stand for.
#7: I encourage my team to question automatic conclusions.
#8: I delegate tasks with the objective of increasing my team’s skills and capabilities.
If you’ve answered yes to six of them then more likely than not you’re a transformational team leader.
What are the Keys to being a Transformational Leader?
There are four elements of transformational leadership:
#1 Key to Transformational Leadership: Stimulation
The leader encourages followers to be creative and innovative. This way, they are always challenging them to perform at the highest level.
#2 Key to Transformational Leadership: Motivation
The leader motivates and inspires his team. They are charismatic and always have a positive attitude.
#3 Key to Transformational Leadership: Influence
A transformational leader leads by example. They are the perfect role model for their team.
#4 Key to Transformational Leadership: Consideration
These leaders show genuine consideration for the feelings and needs of their followers. They always find the time and make an effort to give each team member personal attention. Without this, one couldn’t reasonably expect employees to give tasks and projects their all.
There are certain personality traits that transformational leaders share
These include honesty, openness, consistency, flexibility, creativity, and kindness. They are visionaries who are capable of transforming ideas into reality. They delegate responsibility and empower action and invest in employees’ professional development.
Transformational leaders are confident, decisive, and resilient. They include others in their decision-making process and are well-aware of how unproductive and even damaging uncertainty can be. And they set boundaries. They are not afraid to take risks and demonstrate entrepreneurial flair and they are also not afraid to admit to making a mistake. They’ll choose the “road not taken” when an issue needs to be resolved and can manage changes with a combination of skill and sensitivity. Finally, a transformational leader encourages strategic and critical thinking.
Why is Transformational Leadership Important?
The principles of this type of leadership are essential to modern-day organizations facing urgent and complex challenges. Leaders who have the skills to adapt, connect and deliver are capable of encouraging innovation and promoting top performance change to ensure lasting success.
Continue with part 2 on how to become a transformational leader here.