Leadership Styles : Transformational Leadership
Transformational leaders go beyond trying to keep individuals and teams performing at the status quo. A transformational leader is one who has the power to bring about change in team members and the organization as a whole.
Plain English : A transformational leader is capable of bringing about change in individuals and entire organizations, often helping troubled organizations turn around their performance.
Characteristics of a Transformational Leader
Transformational leaders distinguish themselves through the following characteristics:
A transformational leader is one who has a clear vision for the organization and can easily communicate that vision to group members.
A transformational leader has a good business sense and is able to see what decisions will positively affect the organization. This enables the leader to act confidently, inspiring trust in team members.
Respect and loyalty.
A transformational leader inspires respect and loyalty in individuals by taking the time to let them know they are important.
A transformational leader is often expressive in praising individuals and the team on a job well done. Letting people know how much they contributed to one success will steel them for future challenges.
Transformational leadership can be a particularly draining style of management. You are responsible for the vision and the means of accomplishing that vision. The transformational leader is also somewhat of a gambler, betting that his or her vision is the right one.