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Transformational leaders are those who engage with followers to raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality.
How do they achieve this? By embodying an inspiring vision in order to motivate followers to work on shared goals that transcend their self-interest.
Transformational leaders set a high standard of moral and ethical conduct to engender loyalty and respect in their followers. One might say they ‘walk the talk’ or lead by example.
Transformational leaders stimulate the inner emotional worlds of their followers by appealing to higher ideals and values.
They achieve this by tenaciously upholding an inspiring vision linked to clear goals. Rather than obfuscating the vision with jargon, they repeatedly and enthusiastically repeat it to keep it front of mind.
Idealized influence and inspirational motivation are highly correlated, sometimes combined in the research to form the dimension ‘charisma.
Transformational leaders also model concern for their team’s welfare, creating an atmosphere of trust. By coaching and mentoring with empathy, they promote growth and development while garnering meaningful insights into any problems occurring on the ground.
Transformational leadership is often juxtaposed with transactional leadership. The latter leaders “cater to their followers’ immediate self-interests” instead of uplifting the morals of their followers through inspiration
Transformational leaders foster creative, innovative problem solving, as well as a culture that regularly challenges the status quo.
EI (Emotional Intelligence) is virtually synonymous with good leadership. There are five elements of emotional intelligence:
A large body of evidence shows that transformational leadership positively aligns with how well companies, the military, governmental organizations, educational institutions, and nonprofits perform.
Here are five specific research findings that found a link between transformational leadership and employee/organizational effectiveness:
Transformational Leadership isn’t a blanket solution to be used in every scenario and across every setting. Some argue that some teams need a more transactional style, meaning closer supervision and greater direction. This might especially be the case when followers are unskilled and require more oversight.
Transformational leadership is also more effective when applied in smaller, privately held organizations compared to larger, more complex ones
Five key elements of optimum leadership in healthcare settings:
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