I’m inspired by transformational leaders like Seth Godin. Hearing from these leaders encourages me to see the “glass half full” instead of “half empty”.
For me, transformational leadership reinforces my personal commitment to creating a workplace culture where everyone has permission to combine their individual passion and enthusiasm with hard work.
But here’s the thing: creating a healthy, happy, productive environment –whether in the home or in the office – is impossible to achieve without values.
In his book, Permission Marketing, Godin explains, “In order to get permission, you make a promise. You say, “I will do x, y and z, I hope you will give me permission by listening.” And then, this is the hard part, that’s all you do.”
In other words, you show others you respect and value them when you make a promise and stick to it.
Unfortunately, this is where leadership often fails. Keeping a promise requires a focus on values. But values are too often missing within today’s culture and the negative impact on society has been costly.
Leadership without values can cause harm, leaving organizations, schools, political groups, and communities left searching for ways to:
- Rebuild Trust
- Repair Relationships
The Value of Having Values
Opportunities abound for the leader who puts others before himself or herself. I’m not talking about false humility. I know leaders who act out of authentic concern and regard for the well-being of colleagues, employees, and staff. This is the type of leader others willingly follow. This is the type of leadership that produces successful results.
The Transformational Leadership Impact
James MacGregor Burns published his theory on Transformational Leadership in 1978. He appealed to taking the “high road” in social values and individual purpose. He focused on the motivations and values of those seeking to become leaders. The idea is that the leader and the follower work to lift each other to higher standards.
Anyone can lead…as long as there is someone willing to follow. And, obviously, there has never been a shortage of those who desire to reign over or control others.
Here are a few questions we should all have for those seeking positions of leadership:
- How do you value your purpose, your role?
- How do your values currently impact your leadership?
- How will you add value to your position?
If you’re looking for ways to transform your life and business, look inside yourself first.
Leadership is affected by moral and personal development, and training and education.
What a person believes to be valuable and important, their personal standards, form the behavioral aspect of a person. The morals they’ve been taught guide them in deciding what is right or wrong. Their personal values are the beliefs that come from within.
No one can tell you how to act or think. But consider this: A leader who can influence you to change how you act or think has the power to transform you.
At the beginning of this post, I mentioned that transformational leaders inspire me. But I want to make it clear that no leadership is worthy of followers unless:
- The reputation is solid
- The message is productive and positive
- The behavior models the message
People can be trained to do a lot of good things, but there’s something noticeably different about things done from the heart. When leadership does what is right, with right attitudes and right intentions, it has an impact on those who are following.
Instinctively operating from one’s core values leaves a lasting impression.
Values matter. The good news is that it’s possible to learn to value what matters most, to change your perspective and open your mind to opportunities you may have been missing out on.
Give yourself permission to be remarkable! Become a transformational leader. Be the one that others can confidently follow. Position yourself to grow and invite others to grow with you.
This is the stuff that successful leadership is made of.