Transformational leadership is a style of leadership based on the vision and creative talent of a leader. It requires a leader who is viewed as a visionary with significant credibility amongst the people they are leading. The following are illustrative examples.
An executive leader develops a valuable strategy and is fully engaged with marketing and operations such that they are often clearing issues, improving quality and reducing risk. The leader has principles, energy and vision that set a positive tone at the top.A creative director for a design firm who is consistently impressing clients with her design concepts. She provides a unifying vision that gives works a consistent feel. The director boosts the value of the team's work by realizing high standards for creative output.
A software team lead with a vision for the architecture of a project. They are way out in front of the team in terms of productivity, comprehension of requirements, stakeholder engagement and architectural talent. The team lead boosts everyone's productivity by setting the pace.A manager of a customer service team is experienced and talented at dealing with difficult situations. They can often turn an angry customer into a satisfied one and stay cool under intense pressure. The manager sets an example for the team and raises everyone's performance.
NotesTransformational leadership depends on the talents of the leader and can be a disaster if the leader's vision is flawed.
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