Transformational Leadership

Leading by example

Leadership & Management

The link to well-being and improved performance


Transformational Leadership studies show that this style conveys a sense of trust and meaningfulness and individually challenges and develops employees.  It is known to have a positive effect on employee well-being.”


Definition of Transformational Leadership

“Transformational leaders… are those who encourage and inspire followers to achieve extraordinary outcomes. In the process they develop their own leadership capacity and those of others.

They do this by:

  • Responding to individual followers’ needs
  • Empowering them by aligning the objectives and goals of the individual followers, the leader, the group, and the larger organisation


In group situations a ‘transformational leader’ is the person that takes control of the situation by conveying a clear vision of the group’s goals.  In addition, this individual possesses the ability and passion to inspire, motivate and energise the rest of the group.


Transformational leadership

Is a leadership style that inspires positive change in others.  Key behavioural traits are:

  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Passionate.
  • Focused on helping others succeed in addition to the achievement of the task or process


Most noteworthy, a clear vision and ability to inspire and motivate others to deliver the vision is critical. Furthermore, it enables the followers to view things from a different perspective and change their expectations of the situation.  Motivation is a key factor with regard to the achievement of aims and objectives common to the team.  

Other key skills are:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Conflict resolution 

The reason they are able to resolve conflict is that they are able to  recognise the needs and emotions of the individuals concerned.


The Transformational Leadership model has four key component as follows:

1.  Intellectual Stimulation

Transformational leaders encourage creativity, innovation and development of selves, and are not frightened to challenge the status quo.


2.  Individualised Consideration

They offer support and encouragement to individual followers and are great communicators.  This fosters and builds sustainable relationships and encourages their followers to share ideas and contributions to the team/organisation.  Furthermore, they provide recognition of the individual contribution.


3.  Inspirational Motivation

They have a clear vision are able to articulate this to followers whilst motivating them to achieve their aspirations and goals.


4.  Idealised Influence

They are trusted and respected by their followers and are excellent role models


The Transformational style of leadership is highly effective when used appropriately, but it not necessarily the best choice of style for every situation. In some cases, such as a crisis or health and safety critical situation or when group members are unskilled, this style of leadership is not appropriate.  Consequently, an autocratic style would be welcomed in these situations in order to give people clear direction. 


Finally, recognising effort, providing constructive feedback, encouraging positiveness and empowering others are all essential key skills required of a transformational leader.  They view training and development positively and actively encourage career progression, leading to improved confidence and self-esteem.  


If you want to learn more about Transformational Leadership you can contact us at Aspiring Future Competence (AFC)  or call Andree Funnell on 07702 818665. 

On our website you can find some suggested Leadership and Management programmes which can be delivered as in-house training or on-line through Zoom.