Transformational Leadership Takes Companies to New Heights
By Bruno Raynal
Transformational leadership is a highly effective style of leadership. It involves the ability of a leader to inspire followers to want to make positive changes in themselves and in the company as a whole. These types leaders have a unique ability to connect their vision and goals with those of the group to promote team unity and achieve their desired results. Leaders are typically high in energy, enthusiastic, and passionate about what they do so their teams are inspired to follow their lead.
The Four Elements of Transformational Leadership
Transformational leadership is composed of four elements:
- Idealized Influence: A leader is the ideal role model. He is trusted and admired by his followers and makes them want to follow him.
Inspirational Motivation: Leaders are adept at communicating their vision to followers. They have the natural ability to inspire followers to want to realize their vision and achieve their goals.
Individualized Consideration: A leader demonstrates real concern for the needs of his followers, offering support and becoming their advocate. He has an open door policy, provides personal encouragement, and recognizes his followers’ input and achievements.
Intellectual Stimulation: Leaders challenge followers to grow creatively and look for innovative ways to approach and solve problems.
Qualities of a Leader
Transformational leadership requires a leader to possess certain key qualities, including:
- Only asking followers to perform tasks that he would be willing and able to do himself.
Being able to clearly communicate his values, vision, missions, and goals.
Being able to inspire and motivate his team to improve both personally and professionally.
Exuding positive energy and enthusiasm.
Being attuned to the needs and frustrations of his followers.
Understanding that the key to success is team creativity.
Encouraging followers to use the same basic methods of thinking when tackling problems.
Benefits of Transformational Leadership
Transformational leadership provides many distinct advantages over other leadership styles, including:
- Motivation: Followers are naturally inspired and motivated to follow their leader. They strive to be more productive and meet the company goals as a group, rather than just individually.
Planning: Leaders don’t just focus on their staff. They look at the broad scope of an organization’s past, present, and future, and devise strategies to improve performance-such as offering more effective training and improving rewards programs.
Retention: When employees are satisfied with their leader, they want to stay and continue to grow with an organization. Leaders focus on all contributors, and make sure employees are satisfied with their jobs. Creating a strong personal bond and demonstrating belief and confidence in their employees reduces turnover.
Growth: Transformational leadership is all about focusing on the growth of a company. When leaders don’t care about the growth of their organization, the company ultimately suffers. A laser-focus on achieving sustained growth is what inspires and motivates leaders to get the most out of themselves and their teams.
Transformational leadership can be taught and learned. If you want to become a better leader, an executive coaching company can help.
Bruno Raynal is the president and CEO of Blue Thinking, a business consulting and coaching firm. Bruno specializes in working with senior management to enhance their awareness of modern business practices and patterns so they can make informed choices, take the right action, and achieve their vision and goals. He provides both one-on-one and group coaching to build better teams.
Learn more about transformational leadership by visiting http://www.thinkbluethinking.com or calling 619.550.8052.