Transformational leadership

There was a speaker that came to speak to my organization a few years ago to talk about transformational leadership.  If you google this term you will find it defined as, 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.  There were a few key takeaways I pulled from this speaker.  First, you need to be the one, but it’s not about you.  Second, stir the emotions of people.

I can briefly speak to the first point and clarify what be the one, but it’s not about you means.  In delivering a presentation, many of us get nervous because many people are going to be closely paying attention to you.  Be the one means, deliver the message.  It’s not about you means, nobody cares about you and they just want to hear the message.  This helps put presenting into perspective and makes me feel less nervous because I now focus on the message I want to communicate and less on myself.

Secondly, stir the emotions of people.  This speaks to getting people interested by catching their attention.  If you cannot capture the audience’s attention, then you are most likely not going to get your message across.  Stirring the emotions of people can be through controversy, which must be handled in the right way because things surely can go wrong if not.  You can also state some unsettling facts to grab their attention.  You can also open up and tell an intimate story that you rarely share with anyone.

This blog does not fully describe transformational leadership, but does talk a little bit about two details I pulled from a 4 hour presentation on transformational leadership.  I would recommend looking into this leadership style further if you have not already heard about it.  It could be interesting and give you a new spin on the way you lead.

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