How to Become a Transformational Leader
Updated: Apr 21
Everyone leads to some extent because we all have influence. But there are those among us you could call transformational leaders. What’s at stake here? It’s the difference between a leader that settles for the status quo and getting mediocre results versus being a leader who is a catalyst for dynamic, innovative growth. The latter lifts all those around him or her to new and exciting heights!
There’s enormous opportunity for most leaders in the area they serve. Why? Because most leaders would rather work on their organization than on themselves. Jim Rohn said it well, “When I worked at my job, I made a living. When I worked on myself, I made a fortune.”
Change, as you know, is inevitable; but transformation is not, it is a choice. It is a decision and a pursuit that requires an internal shift. A shift that affects our motivations, values, beliefs in what is possible. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight; it is a process. How does it happen? It happens when we agree with an ancient text that says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind,” Romans 12:2. “Renew” literally means “to make new, regenerate.”
Transformational leaders see more, think more, risk more, and enjoy more than conventional leaders. A transformational leader is anyone who invites change and is intentional about their improvement. This could include executives, coaches, inventors, teachers, artists, business owners, etc. We could call them “transformers” for short.
Transformers have an “anything is possible” mindset. They have an insatiable curiosity for what could be.
Key to developing an “anything is possible” mindset is reconnecting with our sense of wonder. I think as adults we’ve lost our sense of wonder or sense of playfulness. It doesn’t have to be that way. Like Steve Wozniak, who wondered what you would get or what you could do if you combined an electric keyboard with a television set. Presto! The computer was born which literally changed the world! What dream do you have buried inside of you? What idea has been burning in you and has been trying to claw its way out, but you keep suppressing it? Please let it out! The world needs it!
Transformers have a “let’s find a better way” mindset. They have a relentless passion for progress.
Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Bean, made history by being the firs to assemble a winning baseball team on a lean budget by using computer generated analysis to acquire potentially great new players – before anyone else discovered them. Know that there can be violent opposition to new ideas from mediocre minds. There’s a stubbornness, a closed-mindedness to consider anything new. “It’s working, why mess with it?” is the mindset.
Transformers have a “let’s break new ground” mindset. They have an eye for disruptive innovation.
If you want to see what this mindset looks like in real life, I encourage you to watch the video Billion in Change. It is about the inventor of 5 Hour Energy. It will blow your socks off. It took just one idea, and just 30 days to bring it to market and generated staggering financial resources for him that he has used to invent new products for underserved people groups.
Transformers have a “what you see is what you get” mindset. They are authentic and self-aware.
While disruptive innovators have many admirable qualities and move the world forward in many ways, they can also become self-absorbed and guilty of blind ambition. They can become artificial, always trying to project an image that rewards.
Being an authentic leader means being appropriately transparent when you are struggling. When you make a bad decision, you admit it and invite others input. It is maintaining a teachable attitude.
I wish I had space here to expand these concepts with video, illustrations, demonstrations, etc., because they are so important and transformative. If you’re interested in learning more, I lead a ½ day and full day training for leadership teams.
What does it mean to be a good leader?
Although the word good leadership has difficulty defining it is easily recognized and easily identified in a real situation. Ideally a successful leader has the following qualities and attributes.
Furthermore, the survey of 450 American adults in the US indicated 44% that communication ability is the greatest quality in leaders and 56% cited the ability. Strong communication skills are the first to surpass resilience and creativity in a society where a person's attitude is not a good fit. In achieving their mission, leaders are able to motivate their team members by focusing on maximizing and improving their performance.
Do people really have any desire to guide others or do they just want the same results? Yeah. I'll give it a try! Great leadership is not only devoted to getting groups of members to complete their tasks - it is a passion to be involved in their projects. It is possible for you to increase your leadership skills, and to think about ways you can show your zeal.
Tell people your interest in their progress? Tell people that they really value their work and share it with other members of your group. This is key in developing your leadership style & leadership qualities.
Keep a positive attitude
Even though someone in a leadership position wishes their team's business operations were always running smoothly, there will always be unforeseen problems. How you handle negative situations can be very important in demonstrating your leadership ability. Robert Mann, author of Measurement of Leaders (2013), urges us to focus on the good in any situation.
Many effective leaders can keep their team members energy high simply by staying positive. This helps to increase employee engagement, get desired outcomes, build strong relationships, and generate a great working environment.
Serve as a role model
Idealizing influence is another important element in transformational leadership. Transformational leaders illustrate the behaviors that motivate the followers. They go on. They talk. So group members are admiring and working hard for their behavior.
Researchers suggest that leadership is capable of cultivating an individual belief and sending this inspiration back to followers. Thus followers are optimistic about their good performance levels. This is how do you develop an excellent leadership style, this is how great leaders start.
Ask for feedback on your leadership style
Your employees don't have to be the only ones getting unbiased feedback. Assessment is a challenging challenge, so mentoring, others or your staff is vital to your success. Ones leadership abilities cannot be assessed from within. It is crucial for them to ask his or her employees if they are an effective leader.
Talking with a friend or relative can provide you with a useful insight into how your leadership skills develop. Leadership coaching is an effective way of learning how to improve your organization. An advisor can be even more motivational than reading a book or a presentation alone.
Encourage team members
Let the staff know how much they appreciate you. Leaders encouraging group interaction can be referred to as "demonstration-based leaders" While the managers retain the absolute control of decisions, it encourages team members to take part in a creative process.
The use of democratic leadership style can lead to increased commitment and creativity, and improve productivity. The best leaders often know how to encourage team members in the right ways.
Engage in honest and open communication
The key to effective leadership lies in establishing open communications among team members. When directing a team, being straightforward is critical. Your business and employees reflect your personality and your employees will follow you.
Brownlee said a leader's ability is unique to each person based on his or her personal personality.
Teach employees instead of giving orders
Effective leaders know how to show others what needs to be done instead of just describing it themselves. The Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) has urged managers to guide team members in the direction of achieving better collaboration. "If you control people and make certain decisions, you can't find the level of interaction you want."
The daily challenge of having good leadership skills
All leaders face some obstacles in their respective careers. Gallup's research shows that only managers account for 70% of team engagement variance. However surveys indicate that almost 45% of executives did not receive leadership training.
How does it affect your life? Leadership carries an enormous responsibility. The people expect your readiness even when there is no education. How can you become an outstanding leader in your organization?
Give direct feedback about performance
The company says honest feedback can lead your employees towards the most successful career path. You should also know how to proceed so that they get the proper advice. “If you don’t direct them, people can’t see your perspective about you.
Leadership Position vs. Management Position
Leaders and management focus on two things: establishing and developing individuals, and achieving team and organizational success.
Leadership: Traditional leaders create strategic visions.
Management: Managers are those who take care to do something, give leadership directions and lead teamwork.
But in an increasingly changing workplace the boundaries between leader and manager are blurry. A dynamic global business environment is driven today.
How to be a better leader
What's a great leader trait? It's important that people trust them and lead. Trust comes from trust. Transparency, clarity and predictable behavior are all essential. Leaders should adopt trustworthiness as their main skill because they can't follow people if their actions do not have confidence in their actions.