6 Reasons Why You Should Adopt A Transformational Leadership Style
Transformational leadership is a creative leadership style that places a focus on the need for change.
Leaders, also referred to as mentors, coaches or role models in this style, create a clear vision that empowers and inspires change with their team members. A transformational leader involves people around them to push for a common goal or to execute their vision as a cohesive team.
Particularly tailored for professional and experienced teams, this leadership style can motivate and calve out high-performing teams within an organisation.
In this blog, I list 8 reasons why leaders should adopt a transformational leadership style.
What Is Transformational leadership?
Transformational leadership focuses on how leaders can create valuable change amongst their followers and drive success within their teams. Transformational leaders present a vision for the organisation and set goals to enable their subordinates to make this a reality.
With a clear vision, employees feel motivated and empowered and as a result, this leadership style is associated with happy and engaged teams.
Transformational leaders excel in:
- Maximising the capacity, performance and capability of others;
- Inspiring change and lift teams to higher levels of achievement;
- Assigning tasks to team members based on their strengths and weaknesses;
- Create a supportive environment where responsibility is shared;
- Stimulate employees to find better ways of achieving goals.
According to Forbes, transformational leaders are billed as leaders of the future who can help their companies through turbulent times full of change and innovation.
Think this leadership style is for you? Here are 6 reasons why you should adopt this style.
Reasons To Adopt A Transformational Leadership Style
Excellent communication skills with their teams
Transformational leaders are extraordinary leaders and great communicators. They demonstrate strong communication skills and have the ability to effectively convey information to others simply and unambiguously. This is particularly essential when it comes to an organisation’s vision. A transformational leader can distribute the vision clearly and concisely.
Vital to the success of an organisation, transformational leaders communicate with their entire team and let everyone know their responsibilities. They regularly hold meetings to check progress, ask questions and accept feedback to help succeed with the objectives and goals at hand. Most importantly, communication between the leader and their employees improves morale, motivates individuals to do well and builds trust; an essential component to high-performing teams.
Good at balancing short-term and long-term goals
It’s no secret that transformational leaders excel in goal-setting. When it comes to making plans for the future, both short-term and long-term goals come into play. Focused on the need for change, a leader will work short and long-term goals together to achieve success.
They keep in mind that more specific and honest goals achieve better outcomes. A transformational leader pays attention to the big picture, focusing on outcomes that inspire change and encourage teams to find better ways to achieve shared goals.
Develop the vision, specify and translate it to actions
Experts in translating the organisational vision to their followers, transformational leaders point their team’s in the right direction so they can make something happen. They’re adept to developing the vision, helping teams to understand why things have changed and how to redirect their efforts to achieve in greater success.
Turning vision into action, a transformational leader will step back and think about their team. They will identify solutions that can help individuals achieve goals in a better way before laying out the steps that lead to the ultimate goal.
Express confidence, decisiveness and optimism
Without confidence, there is no leadership. Self-confidence is the fundamental basis from which leadership grows and develops. Thankfully, transformational leaders are never short on self-confidence. They think positively about the future and are willing to take the risks necessary to achieve both personal and organisational goals.
Leadership is about having the confidence to make decisions. With their confidence, leaders make decisive choices that greatly impact others around them, maximises the capacity within their teams and support an environment for high-performing teams to thrive in.
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Inspire individuals to succeed
Transformational leadership is regarded as one of the best leadership styles for inspiring individuals to succeed. They do this by recognising the strengths and weaknesses of individual team members and realise that each person works to their capabilities.
They set about seeking to motivate their team and inspire others to rise to the occasion. A transformational leader will motivate their followers to raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation.
Ensuring the success of their organisation, a leader will treat each employee as a valued individual and take the time to understand their needs, dreams, fears and how they can improve them to do their job better.
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Tactical, strategic and, of course, transformational
Finally, transformational leaders are experts in realising the vision through planned steps and small successes. A transformational leader will develop a compelling vision together with their employees before tying it to a strategy for its achievement.
They’re tactical and strategic in their decision making to ensure that the vision meets its full implementation.
I’ve always said that you should choose a style that suits your abilities. If your dreams are big and you want to inspire change within your organisation, the transformational leadership style is for you.
Of course, we have merely lifted the lid on the reasons why leaders should adopt this leadership style. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch today.
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