Transformational leadership is it just a buzz word? What is it? Here is the scholarly definition I found: Transformational leadership is a style of leadership where a leader works with subordinates to identify needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of a group.
Ok, now that we know the definition how does leadership achieve transformation in their organization? What are the skills that leadership need to achieve this? I believe that leaders can’t achieve transformations in their company’s:
1. If they don’t understand how to motivate their teams
2. Don’t have the respect of their team members
3. Are bad communicators
4. Are not trusted by their teams
5. Are not committed to the goals of the company
6. Lack the understanding of their company’s culture
Of course I could go on and on to how leaders might have difficulty achieving transformation in their company’s. Are the leaders in your organization prepared to effectively lead people through change? Are they just doing things the same way they have done it for years? Can organizations continue to take the risk with leaders who are resistant to change? With the focus on outcomes and accountability? Executive Coaching may be the answer for some leaders and perhaps changing career maybe the answer for the other half. What are your thoughts?