Transformational leadership is a leadership approach that causes change in individuals and social systems. It aims to create valuable transformation within employees with the final goal of developing followers into leaders.
The origins trace back to James McGregor Burns. In his publication ‘Leadership’ (1978) he defines the model as process where “leaders and their followers raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation.” Transformational leaders enhance change through their own example. They do so by creating an inspiring vision, motivating their employees to internalise this vision and guiding them to perform beyond expectations.
Characteristics of transformational leaders are integrity, high emotional intelligence, empathy, authenticity and accountability. Business leaders who execute this style challenge themselves to become role models and mentors for their employees alike.
The advantages of choosing Transformational Leadership are pretty clear. The approach is considered a triple win: beginning with developing yourself as a leader, you will be able to pass on your skills to your teams and so train your individual employees to become leaders of their own area of expertise. This creates a shared language and understanding within your company. What is more: research suggests an average of 800% ROI initiated by a Transformational Leadership. Therefore, this style further enhances your business value to a significant amount.