Using this approach style is not easy, but the benefits are quite impressive. By Satyaki Sarkar
Leaders can no longer afford to be dictators ruling the roost and maintaining strict control over employees. In fact, the leaders showcasing the most positive results are transformational leaders. That’s because they lead by example and are focussed on inspiring employees through engagement, maximising their capacity and capabilities, and mobilising them to achieve targets. They are ready to change processes, rules, and ways of functioning if they no longer work. Here are five reasons why you should consider becoming one.
1. Promotes individual growth and development
Transformational leadership directly impacts and improves an individual’s self-growth, thereby satisfying one of the most vital needs an employee has. Such a leader is able to inspire his/her team to strive for more by putting their unique talents and skills to the best possible use and realise their potential. Employees become personally invested and passionate about the work they do, which in turn becomes an automatic driver.
2. Improves performance and productivity
By motivating employees, encouraging them to be personally invested in their work and helping them harness their skills, a transformational leader is ensuring they’re performing at the height of their productivity. Employees start seeing obstacles and hindrances as challenges to overcome, rather than a potential for failure. Even in the armed forces, more leaders are adopting a transformational form of leadership instead of a controlled one because cadets under the former outperform those under the latter by leaps and bounds.
3. Employees feel empowered and valued
By investing time and effort in their employees, transformational leaders are sending out a positive sign that they care and that the employees have the potential to be so much more. Grooming employees to take on bigger tasks and roles, assigning them to critical projects and time sensitive campaigns shows your faith and trust, which further motivates them to do better and makes them feel valued for the effort they put in. Plus the autonomy allows them to upgrade their skills.
4. Employees are less prone to quitting
There is a direct connection between a leader’s capabilities and his/her team’s desire to continue working at the organisation. Several studies have found that employee negativity, cynicism, and intention to quit are almost always a result of poor leadership, and lack of a functional rapport between a leader and his/her team. Transformational leadership, on the other hand, makes employees feel like a part of the organisation, where their opinions, comments, and feedback are taken into account for critical aspects of operational procedures. Through his/her understanding of individual employees, a transformational leader is able to provide them with the job and goal satisfaction. This makes employees want to contribute to the organisation’s growth, and in turn, benefit from it as well.
5. It promotes innovation and improvisation
A transformational leader does not let constrict the team within a rigid set of rules, regulations, and red tape. He/she encourages out of the box thinking and is constantly working with the team to come up with new solutions to problems, besides motivating them to provide their own inputs and ask questions. As a result, operational efficiency and productivity go up manifold. Since the leader is willing to take a chance and experiment, employees are also motivated to up their game, and come up with new and better ways of doing things, so as to live up to expectations. This often leads to innovative ideas and solutions that save time and improve the quality of work.