Transformational leadership transforms people—both leaders and supporters—as well as organizations for breakthrough results. Discover the key principles and how to apply them in your life.
What Is Transformational Leadership?
Transformational leadership improves the performance, morale, motivation, and dedication of both leaders and their teams or supporters.
Successful transformational leadership:
makes an incredibly strong case for why change should happen,
promotes a common vision,
leads change in an organized manner,
successfully integrates the change.
Transformational leaders are inspirational, trustworthy, and charismatic role models who lead by example. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of their team and align them with tasks and goals to optimize performance. They engage their team in a way that moves them to also become leaders.
Transformational leaders foster high levels of personal commitment from their supporters or team to shared goals, whether those goals are for an organization or a movement. Goals are set with high standards in mind, and transformational leadership has been shown to often exceed more typical achievements.
The “Four I’s” of Transformational Leadership
The key elements of transformational leadership, known as the “4 I’s,” are as follows:
Being a charismatic role model who builds confidence and trust
Providing meaningful work and setting high standards
Encouraging creativity by questioning common assumptions and beliefs
Being a mentor by responding to individual needs
It is also important to point out that all types of leadership have a dark side when an abuse of power is realized. True transformational leadership must involve efforts to develop supporters into leaders, for leaders who use their charisma and power to create blind followers are not truly transformational.
Mahatma Gandhi demonstrated an incredibly charismatic vision and acted in a way that inspired others, a key element of idealized influence. Image courtesy of morganp11.wordpress.com
Build Your Transformational Leadership
At The Pachamama Alliance, we wholeheartedly believe that everyone has the potential to be a transformational leader, and should unlock it.
Our workshops and trainings are designed to bring out the transformational leader within you. It is quite common for individuals to experience the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium as an articulation of the feelings, values, and dreams they already have, motivating them to step into leadership and deliver the Symposium themselves as a trained Facilitator.
In addition, you’ll also come away with a foundation for your transformational leadership:
Clarification of your own values and vision
The ability to inspire others with your story
The power to offer people a new way of looking at things
The vision to see challenges as opportunities
A strong sense of your creative power to be a change agent
As you begin to deliver Pachamama workshops, you’ll inspire others to become transformational leaders by setting a positive example, and helping them clarify their own values, vision, and purpose. You will experience yourself as a powerful change agent creating a just, thriving, sustainable world.
Oprah uses individualized consideration to respond to the personal needs of her fans and supporters. Image courtesy of Oprah.com.