My definition: “Leadership framework in which the leader identifies a needed change, creates a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executes the change with the commitment of the stakeholders of the group.”
In the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world of business today, leaders need to take an engaged, activist, and courageous approach to help build optimistic futures for all stakeholders.
Transformative Leadership in business presents an alternative approach to leadership for deep and engaging change. Using vignettes, stories, research, and drawing from a range of disciplines, we explore the concept of transformative leadership and its potential to create engaging environments that are vibrant and inclusive. Drawing on examples from all leadership styles, we can demonstrate that this leadership can promote powerful achievement, family and community empowerment, democratic engagement, and global citizenship.
A transactional leader:
- A quid pro quo relationship between the worker and leader, frequently relying on disciplinary action
- Task oriented e.g. regulatory compliance
- Preserves existing culture, conditions and practices – preserving the status quo
- Likely to focus more on the WORK than the WORKER
A transformative leader:
- Focuses on the worker’s values aligning with their leader’s values
- Empowers the worker to ENGAGE in the work process – to go beyond their self interest
- The leader is authentically ENGAGED with the workers – the leader cares about the workers
- The contribution of the workers are maximized/optimized
- Focuses on both the WORK and the WORKERS
- The transformative attitude is assimilated and passed on to others
Transactional leadership is not all bad, in fact, it is essential for the success of any enterprise. Most senior managers are hard wired to be more transactional than transformative. They need to understand the benefits that can come from achieving a balance that requires them to become more transformative.
Five of the most critical skills that characterize a transformative leader:
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