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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Tarker, MFA, Ed.D.

Stop Calling Yourself a Transformational Leader (Unless You Really Are One!)



This video discusses the concept of transformational leadership, criticizing the empty use of the term without understanding its true meaning. It explains that transformational leadership involves four key behaviors: intellectual stimulation, individual consideration, inspirational motivation, and idealized influence. These behaviors have been shown to lead to positive organizational cultures, employee satisfaction, and increased innovation. However, the speaker cautions that these behaviors alone may not be sufficient to transform an organization and highlights the importance of considering complex systems and teams within an organization. The video concludes by inviting viewers to subscribe and engage with more content on transformational leadership and sense-making in a complex world.

  • 00:00:00 In this section, the speaker criticizes the empty use of the term "transformational leader" without understanding its true meaning. The concept of transformational leadership was introduced by James V Downton, but it was popularized by James McGregor Burns in his book "Leadership." The full range Leadership Model, developed by Bass and Avolio, builds upon McGregor's ideas and examines leadership behaviors on a continuum. Transactional leadership, which includes rewards, punishments, and micromanagement, is one end of the continuum, while transformational leadership is the other end. The speaker teases four key behaviors of transformational leaders, but first asks viewers to subscribe and continue watching. The speaker also mentions the laissez-faire leadership style, which is hands-off and absent.

  • 00:05:00 In this section, the video discusses the four key behaviors of transformational leadership. These behaviors are intellectual stimulation, individual consideration, inspirational motivation, and idealized influence. Intellectual stimulation involves challenging the status quo and encouraging innovative thinking. Individual consideration involves treating employees as individuals and supporting their growth and development. Inspirational motivation involves communicating a clear vision and providing purpose and meaning to work. Finally, idealized influence involves leading by example and modeling the behaviors and values expected from the team. Research has shown that transformational leadership leads to positive organizational cultures, employee satisfaction, and increased innovation.

  • 00:10:00 In this section, the speaker emphasizes that while the four key behaviors of transformational leadership are important, they alone may not be sufficient to transform an organization. They highlight the importance of considering the complex systems and teams within an organization, suggesting that leadership can emerge from these systems rather than solely relying on individual leaders. The speaker concludes by inviting viewers to subscribe and engage with more content on transformational leadership and sense-making in a complex world.

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