A good leader manages a team’s efforts toward reaching company goals. A transformational leader takes it a step further by inspiring members to maximize their potential in reaching those goals.
But what does transformational leadership actually look like in the workplace and beyond? What are its benefits? How can you become one? Read on below to find out.
A transformational leader liaises between a company’s mission and an employee’s investment. Therefore, they have a thorough understanding of the company’s goals and build genuine relationships with their teammates in order to achieve exemplary results. Some ways they may do this include:
By investing in the professional growth of their employees and their own work ethic, transformational leaders are able to maximize the contributions of each member on their team. Proactive leadership to this extent could make even the most impossible of goals attainable.
There are many types of leaders and different jobs may benefit from particular ones. If you’re looking to lead transformationally, you might be pleased with some of the benefits that could follow:
By helping craft a vision of who they want to be, a transformational leader can present employees with what they need to do in order to get there. In this way, transformational leaders gain an invaluable opportunity to evolve employees into emotionally intelligent and self-driven individuals. On the other hand, regular check-ins with an employee can present an opportunity for leaders to use what they learn to revise their management approach.
Because of their intention to inspire, transformational leaders have the ability to re-energize employees who may have lost touch with the company mission. They might do this by iterating the exigence of the team’s goals as they relate to the bigger picture. They may also invite input from the team in creating solid plans that encourage smart-working over hard-working.
Employees want to be seen, heard and understood. When transformational leaders cultivate a culture that prioritizes speaking, listening and response, employees feel more inclined to engage with one another. This active dialogue enlivens the team, allowing its members to reach goals more willingly and efficiently.
Transformational leadership is not restricted to management in a professional workplace setting. These bold leaders can be found in contexts all around you.
To give you a better idea, we’ve gathered three stellar examples below:
In response to a school shooting she survived in February 2018, González co-founded the advocacy group, Never Again, to spread awareness around gun violence. She has since been recognized in Variety and other media platforms for her relentless commitment to transforming gun culture in America. At just 19 years old, González shows us that it’s never too late (or too early) to be the change we wish to see in the world.
Burke is the Senior Director of Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) and the founder of the ‘me too.’ movement which began over a decade ago. She works with GGE to provide resources for survivors of sexual assault, particularly women of color. Her work with the ‘me too.’ movement similarly creates a space for women to seek support and justice for sexual violence. Her leadership lends a healing hand to survivors of sexual trauma and helps dismantle the systems in place that perpetuate sexually criminal behavior.
You might know RuPaul from his successful television show, RuPaul’s Drag Race. He uses his charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to cultivate a space where trans individuals can celebrate their identities and unapologetically flaunt the best versions of themselves. A respected member of the LGBTQ+ community, RuPaul transforms what is possible for young boys who are coming into themselves and men who use drag to embrace who they are.
As the examples allude to above, transformational leaders are moved beyond individual gain. That’s because transformational leadership is driven by the needs of surrounding contexts. And when it comes to the workplace, change of this caliber can only happen when the strengths of the team are leveraged and the needs of each member are recognized and met.
With this people-first approach, you’re bound to get a team who wants to work with each other, work for the company and work toward themselves.