Crossword puzzleMotivating people isn’t easy. Getting them to deliver a quality result is even harder. If you’re a manager or have led a project team, you know the struggle. The good news is, there are techniques you can use to improve results.

One of the most effective is known as transformational leadership. In short, it’s a leadership style that rejects forms of micromanaging and coercion in favor of mentorship and trust. When embraced fully and done well, it can be an inspiring form of leadership that motivates teams, enhances creativity, and produces exceptional results.

One of the best aspects of the transformational leadership method is that it’s designed for everyone. You don’t have to be a naturally inspiring person to apply the principles and reap the benefits. But you do have to work at it. To become a transformational leader, you need to commit yourself to:

  • Establishing a meaningful vision: Convey your organization’s big picture and explain how your team is an important part of realizing those goals.
  • Keeping the vision front and center: Don’t let the details obscure the bigger goals for your team.
  • Setting a good example: You want your team to be go-getters, unafraid of pushing at the boundaries of the possible. So, be that way yourself.
  • Focus on employee growth: To ensure your team members are capable of thinking and achieving on their own, you need to mentor them so they develop their skills.

And that’s just the beginning of becoming a transformational leader. Our article, “Transformational Leadership: How to Take Your Team to the Top,” can give you more insight. But if you truly want to improve your ability to lead, we recommend our MS in Leadership program, designed to give you the knowledge and skills you need to be a truly effective leader.

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