What is transformational leadership? In my experience, transformational leadership leaves a mark on society. It changes generations in a person’s family. It can alter the course of an individual or an organization’s life. Transformational leadership requires intentionality and sacrifice, but the payoff can be huge! Here are 10 Dos and Don’ts of Transformational Leadership:
1. Don’t just give information. Do cast vision every time you speak.
Why are you doing what you are doing? How does their piece impact the bigger picture? How can you cast vision instead of dumping info? It’s all about vision!
2. Don’t be passive. Do be bold.
If you find yourself saying things like, “Well, it would be nice if you would kindly consider thinking about the thought of maybe considering how you could possibly help me somehow in your spare time think about trying to…” You get the idea! Be confident! Show this confidence in the way you communicate. “Here is where we are going; can I count on you?” Be bold!
3. Don’t just tell the vision. Do inspire a shared vision.
Cast vision in such a way that others can call it their own. How can the passions, talents, and dreams of those in your influence or organization contribute to a shared vision? Can others call the vision their own, or is it just a statement posted on the wall? Use language like we and you. Ask individuals about their dreams, desires, goals in life. Find ways to make the vision a collective or shared vision, not just your own.
4. Don’t be confusing. Do give clarity.
Is everyone on your team or in your organization crystal clear about where things are headed? Like an illustrative painting, have you painted a picture with brilliant colors, large brush strokes, and compelling passion? Or is everything gray? Think about it. People need to see it in colorful detail; don’t just assume they can. This is your job! Be clear with the vision you are laying out.