This is not about “follow me.” It is about “let me go first… where few have gone.”
Do you feel that a bad system will beat a good person every time? Have you experienced that if you want something new, you have to stop doing something old? Have you noticed that punishing honest mistakes stifles creativity, when what you want is people moving and shaking the earth, knowing that they are going to make mistakes?
Are you very well-organized and expect your followers to be creative? Are you team oriented and expect that followers will work together to create the best possible results? Are you respected in your community and in turn respect your followers? Do you find yourself often acting as a coach to your teammates? Are you responsible for your team, but actually instill responsibility into your team members? Have you noticed the respect that you engender through personal touch and influence?
You may actually have noted that you are a very bad fit in bureaucratic structures. You may, however, require an existing structure to fix. Nonetheless, you cannot have missed that you are ineffective in ad-hoc situations without vision.
Guess what: you have a lot of the characteristics of a transformational leader!
Transformational leadership works well in organizations where change is needed, but transformational leadership is often resented by the surrounding, which is usually inimical to change and finds a way to get by through ad hoc situations.
This leadership style is much needed in an organization that is outdated and requires serious retooling. Any company that has big dreams, a world in dire need of change–both require transformational leadership, not only to affect change but also to motivate the community and empower teammates to buy into the new direction.
Transformational leaders are sometimes called quiet leaders. They are the ones that lead by example. They are moving from a place of inspiration, empathy, to engage with others using a personal rapport with people. They are known to possess courage, confidence, and the willingness to make sacrifices for the greater good. They are driven individuals with a single focus on the need to change things that no longer work.
They are characterized by three basic traits: they are inspirational for people around them; they know how to mobilize people into groups and get the work done; and they are positive and good for morale as they raise the vibration, the well-being and motivation level of a group through excellent rapport with people. They are good at conflict resolution.
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