By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
As leaders who have a vision of where a company should go, not only must they have a clear direction, they must be willing to lead people in a manner that is encouraging and empowering. Unless leaders are able to lead those in leadership positions, all you will have is chaos.
How many companies have gone bankrupt and/or closed their doors due to insufficient leadership? In other words, when incompetency set in, those who were taking direction became clueless on the overall vision and mission of the company.
Transformation leadership is simply guiding subordinates to accomplish a task. It’s not about intimidation or even micro-managing. Rather, it’s helping people reach their full potential to reach a certain outcome.
Those who want to be in transformational leadership must do the following:
- Have a clear understanding of the vision and mission of the company. Perhaps there’s no better statement that says, ‘write the vision and make it plain,’ and ‘without a vision, the people will perish.’ Leaders can’t lead if they have no direction
- Be secure in who they are and what they have to offer. Let’s face it – when leaders are insecure, information at times get distorted. In addition to that, future leaders will not be properly groomed for success. When a leader exudes confidence that is partnered with his/her knowledge, great things will happen
- Encourage their subordinates to learn. With so many classes available online, leaders should set up a way for their team members to take a class to elevate their intellect and interest in a particular area of interest. Remember, it’s about working together for the betterment of the company. When subordinates see how much leadership is valuing their worth to the company, they are less likely to leave and in addition, they will go above and beyond what their job description entails.
- Self-evaluation. Why do I say self-evaluation? Because every leader needs to know his/her strengths and weaknesses. Leadership is more than a title, it’s a responsibility. Too many people are in leadership positions who don’t have a clue on what makes them qualified for the position. It’s more than education and experience. It includes personality and a healthy emotional-being.
Transformational leadership is effective if done correctly. It takes time, patience, understanding, and a willingness to aspire people to go higher in their chosen field.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Follow him on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org