As the name implies, transformational leadership refers to leaders who are capable of transforming organizations or groups. They achieve positive change by focusing on their followers and motivating them to high levels of performance.
These leaders also help their employees to develop their own leadership potential. They believe in a vision for the organization. And they are able to communicate this vision to their followers.
Research shows that organizations and groups led by transformational leaders have higher levels of performance. These leaders also have a positive influence on their employees and followers.
Transformational Leadership Is Focused On People
Here are some of the key characteristics of a transformational leader:
- They lead by example.
- They have a clear vision and are able to communicate it easily to their followers.
- Have an infectious and positive influence on their groups.
- Are attentive to the concerns and needs of their followers.
- Are empowering and give their teams the space to make mistakes and grow.
- Constantly encourage their employees to challenge how they think.
- Encourage innovation and creativity within teams.
- Inspire others to rise above the ordinary and give more for the benefit of the organization.
- They offer continued support and encouragement to their followers.
Why Is Transformational Leadership Essential?
Groups that are led by these types of leaders tend to be loyal and successful. As a result, organizations led by transformational leaders also have low levels of turnover.
Finally, job satisfaction is higher when an employee is working under the vision, direction, and support of a transformational leader.
How do you build this kind of leadership style? Start by having a clear and positive vision for the future of your company. You have to believe in this vision and inspire others to believe in it too. Be supportive, trustworthy and genuine and your followers are likely to support your goals for the company.
Sheevaun Moran is a business advisor, master coach, quantum energy thought leader and the founder of Energetic Solutions. She uses business principles with energetic techniques to help more than 25,000 entrepreneurs, CEOs and leaders bring instant focus and shifts to clarity, purpose, and profits.
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