4 essential steps to becoming a transformational leader

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Ask anyone what they think of when they hear the word “leader” and you will likely get an answer that widely differs from the next. The fact is there is no “one size fits all” definition of leadership anymore than there is for the word management. The most basic definition of a leader is someone who commands or leads an organization. Yet when I think of the word “leader”, my interpretation goes far beyond simply commanding others. To me and a rising demographic of Millennials and Cultural Creatives, real leadership involves more essential qualities such as the ability to inspire and to exude passion, intelligence and charisma. In fact, many of the traits we identify with being a leader are ones that encompass the ability to motivate and transform us. So what exactly is this style of leadership? Enter the era of Transformational Leadership. Originally introduced by James MacGregor Burns in 1978, transformational leaders are able to inspire followers to change expectations, perceptions, and motivations to work towards common goals. In fact, a Transformational Leader is defined as someone who brings about valuable and positive transformation in individuals, organizations, and social systems. They empower and develop the people they lead to become leaders themselves, and challenge them to bring out their best and take greater ownership of their work. Why is this important? “The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.” — John C Maxwell So how does one go from being an ordinary “command-style” leader to a Transformational Leader? We’ve identified 4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader:

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  • 1. Text4 Essential Steps to Becominga Transformational LeaderBy Dr. Theresa Bullard

2. Ask anyone whatthey think of whenthey hear the wordleader and you willlikely get an answerthat widely differsfrom the next. 3. TextThe fact is there is no one size fits alldefinition of leadership anymore thanthere is for the word management. 4. TextThe most basic definition of a leader issomeone who commands or leads anorganization. 5. TextYet when I think of the word leader, myinterpretation goes far beyond simplycommanding others. 6. TextTo me and a rising demographic of Millennials andCultural Creatives, real leadership involves moreessential qualities such as the ability to inspire andto exude passion, intelligence and charisma. 7. TextIn fact, many of the traits we identify withbeing a leader are ones that encompassthe ability to motivate and transform us. 8. So what exactly is this styleof leadership? 9. TextEnter the era ofTransformational Leadership. 10. TextOriginally introduced by James MacGregor Burnsin 1978, transformational leaders are able to inspirefollowers to change expectations, perceptions, andmotivations to work towards common goals. 11. TextIn fact, a Transformational Leader is defined assomeone who brings about valuable andpositive transformation in individuals,organizations, and social systems. 12. TextThey empower and develop the people theylead to become leaders themselves, andchallenge them to bring out their best andtake greater ownership of their work. 13. Why is this important? 14. The single biggest way toimpact an organization isto focus on leadershipdevelopment. There isalmost no limit to thepotential of anorganization that recruitsgood people, raises themup as leaders andcontinually developsthem. John C Maxwell 15. So how does one go from beingan ordinary command-styleleader to a TransformationalLeader? 16. Weve identified 4 EssentialSteps to Becoming aTransformational Leader: 17. #1 InspireFundamental tobecoming aTransformationalLeader is the abilityto inspire others. 18. TextPeople look to leaders as inspirationalrole models, encouraging them to bethe best they can possibly be. 19. TextEmbodying the quality of inspiration, refersto a leader that is committed to enhancingmotivation, morale, interest andperformance in the people they lead. 20. So how does one inspirethose that they lead? 21. TextExpress your ideas with passion.Communicate with integrity. Lead byexample. Articulate your vision clearly. 22. TextExude confidence in your teams abilities. Mostimportantly, help those you lead to experiencemotivation toward a collective vision or goal. 23. #2: AwakenAs Henry Kissinger oncesaid, The task of theleader is to get his peoplefrom where they are towhere they have notbeen. An essential stepto becoming aTransformational Leader isthe ability to awaken othersto new possibilities andextraordinary outcomes. 24. Authors Bass and Riggio describeTransformational Leaders as thosewho stimulate and inspire followers toboth achieve extraordinary outcomesand in the process, develop their ownleadership capacity. 25. So how does one awakenpossibility in the people they lead? 26. TextPractice authentic presence. Act withintegrity. Communicate a clear anduplifting vision. 27. TextFinally, show compassion, expertise anda commitment to a higher purpose in allthat you do. 28. #3: ConnectRecognizing that thepeople you lead mustfeel connected to thevision and purpose ofwhat you are collectivelycreating is anotheressential step tobecoming atransformational leader. 29. Authors Bass and Riggio describetransformational leaders as, those whohelp followers grow and develop intoleaders by responding to individualfollowers needs, by empowering them,and by aligning the objectives and goalsof the individual followers, the leader, thegroup, and the larger organization. 30. So how does a leader embodythe quality of connection? 31. TextBy inspiring a sense of self-identity andculture in the people they lead withthose of the collective and its mission. 32. #4: Identify &OptimizeThe final essential step tobecoming aTransformational Leaderbegins with cultivating theability to identify thestrengths and weaknessesof the people they lead. 33. Why is this important? 34. TextOnce a leader defines team membersstrengths and weaknesses they can then bealigned with organizational strategies foroptimizing an individuals performance. 35. TextA Transformational Leaderunderstands the importance of helpingothers to achieve their potential. 36. To do so, you must firstrecognize the potentialwithin those you leadby observing them,getting to know whothey are, what they arepassionate about, andwhere they excel andlight up with focusand enthusiasm. 37. TextIn addition, given that no one is perfect, nor shouldperfection be expected, it is also essential to be awareof each persons liabilities and then work together tofind creative ways to redirect and steer clear of pitfalls. 38. Optimizing requiresteamwork andtaking a vestedinterest in seeingeach member ofyour team, and theteam as a whole,thrive and grow. 39. TextOnce the strengths and weaknesses areidentified, a transformational leader helps to guidethose they lead to also see where they canbecome great when they develop their potential. 40. TextInvest in the development of yourteam and their ability to becomeleaders in their own right. 41. TextFinally, strive for steady progress rather thanperfection. Instead of using old paradigm motivatorssuch as fear, coersion, guilt, control, etc. findpositive and empowering approaches to motivate. 42. TextIdentify ways to measure and rewardprogress. Celebrate victories together,even the small ones. 43. TextAcknowledge, encourage, and empowerwith constructive and positive feedback. 44. TextThis further inspires, awakens, and connects yourpeople to strive to the next level and push theirown progression, so that the cycle ofimprovement will continue onwards and upwards. 45. Ready to learn how to developyourself as a Leader? Checkout our FREE Webinar.Like us on Facebook !Follow us on Twitter!Connect with us on LinkedIN