6 Core Values of a Transformational Leader
By Dr. Theresa Bullard
In today’s ever evolving business world, quality leadership is now recognized as a key factor in whether an organization will ultimately succeed or fail. More and more businesses are now hiring those individuals who possess Transformational Leadership skills to drive their company towards long-lasting success.
In our blog, 4 Essential Steps to Becoming a Transformational Leader, we identified a transformational leader as one who brings about valuable and positive transformation in the individuals, organizations, and social systems.
Ultimately, a Transformational Leader is one who empowers and develops the people they lead to become leaders themselves, and challenges them to bring out their best and take greater ownership of their work.
Last week, we identified 6 Key Characteristics of a Transformational Leader. This week, we dive deeper into the topic of Transformational Leadership by looking at some of the essential values of these individuals. We’ve identified 6 Core Values of a Modern Day Transformational Leader:
#1 Community, Cooperation
Fundamental to Transformational Leadership is the ability to foster a sense of community via collaboration with peers and amongst their team.
Transformational leaders value cooperation over competition. They embrace the philosophy that only through cooperation can we create more effective solutions to complex challenges. Transformational Leaders view the world as an Interconnected System and recognize that there is a Natural Order that guides Emergence or punctuated shifts.
#2 Social Responsibility
Social responsibility refers to a viewpoint that an organization or individual has an obligation to act to benefit society at large. Being socially responsible creates trust, a good image and helps to foster a positive reputation for your company.
In order for an organization to be socially responsible, they must adopt a perspective of Wholism and a “Global World View.” Transformational Leaders recognize that the part reflects and contains the whole. They value doing their part to be socially responsible and recognize that this opens up new relationships and opportunities. Ultimately, social responsibility helps to build a foundation of community and a culture that people can get behind.
#3 Service-Oriented Leadership & Altruistic Motivations
Transformational Leaders value service-oriented leadership and are actively involved in creating a better way of life.
Fundamental to this attitude is the underlying principle that they are driven by a connection to a deeper sense of purpose and meaning as a leader. As author Lewis Carroll once wrote, “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”
#4 Balance, Equality, & Diversity
All three of these core values of transformational leadership seek to harmonize and unite differences.
Transformational Leaders understand the importance of embracing diversity as a key to co-creative alchemy, especially in regards to Gender Balance & Ethnic Equality.
#5 Optimism Towards Future
Transformational Leaders have a positive mindset and are optimistic yet realistic about the future.
They have an Abundance Mentality, meaning they understand there are always new chances and opportunities, mixed with Idealism, and Mindful Activism.
#6 Whole-Process Learning
Transformational Leaders have developed the ability to utilize Whole Brain Thinking or leveraging the full spectrum of thinking available.
By stimulating and engaging multiple senses in the learning process through new and creative ways, Transformational Leaders are fully enrolled in “whole-process learning”.
So much goes into truly embodying what it means to be a Transformational Leader beginning with the sense of community you develop within an organization.
Transformational Leaders place high value on fostering an environment of cooperation and one that is balanced, diverse and equitable. They build community and help develop a positive corporate culture by adopting a philosophy of social responsibility. Transformational Leaders lead by example and this begins with service-oriented leadership as well as having an optimistic attitude. Finally, they understand how to use their whole brain to create and effectively lead their team members.
Stay tuned next week as we look at Creativity and the role it plays in further developing us as Transformational Leaders.