How to Become a Transformational Leader

April 15, 2019

How to Become a Transformational Leader

How to Become a Transformational Leader

A growing number of companies are looking to hire transformational leaders. These are the people who create positive changes in their employees and companies. Transformational leaders are billed as leaders of the future who can help their companies through turbulent times full of change and innovation. But what does it mean to be a transformational leader and how can you become one?

"Transformational leadership" has a magnetic ring to it, but what does the term actually mean? The "transformation" aspect refers to the ability of a leader to change the people around and under them. It can be through personal motivation, by inspiring change, or by transcending the role of leader to become a mentor.

Here are five simple techniques to apply if you aspire to be a transformational leader:

  1. Flexible management style. All change begins from within and transformational leaders are always pliable in interpersonal work relationships. They adapt their exact role to the task at hand and to the individual or team they are dealing with. This flexibility does not refer just to interactions but also to how projects are assigned because they recognize individuals’ talents and preferences.
  2. Passion. Passion is evident and it is contagious. Transformational leadership is about generating excitement that inspires people to go over and above. It begins with an understanding of why you are doing what you do and how your product or service changes the lives of your customers. When you believe in what you do, real change can happen.
  3. Mentor, not boss. A transformational leader is a part of the team, not shouting from the front but strategizing from the center. When they appear, people do not suddenly pretend to be busy but instead seek out face-to-face conversations with them. It is not an act – both sides genuinely value their relationship.
  4. Comprehensive participation. To be transformational, the leader must first transcend their own biases and preconceived notions. This can be accomplished by engaging with stakeholders within and outside the company, consulting department heads equally, and coordinating with all levels of management. It is not easy but once the ball is rolling, transformation is inevitable.
  5. A visible ideal. Transformational leaders cultivate positivity around themselves and interact with care, concern, and professionalism. Their subordinates do not just admire them, they aspire to be like them.
  6. By following the above techniques, transformational leaders can help to change an organization by redefining rules and allowing greater latitude in everyday processes. They become the hub through which creativity in problem-solving pervades the company.

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