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Get the Most Out of Your Teams with This Leadership Style

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Get the Most Out of Your Teams with This Leadership Style

The transformational leadership style focuses on inspiring and motivating team members to achieve their full potential and exceed their expectations

By Gary A. Cohen March 14, 2024
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This article first appeared in the March/April 2024 issue of Pro Remodeler.

It is important for home improvement leadership to embrace best practices for creating a vibrant and robust organization.

One best practice is transformational leadership, which focuses on inspiring and motivating team members to achieve their full potential and exceed their expectations. It benefits business and keeps team members engaged in company success.

Creating a Compelling Future

One of the defining features of transformational leadership is the emphasis on vision and a compelling future. Leaders who adopt this style articulate a clear and inspiring vision that goes beyond short-term goals. They paint a picture of a better future and convey a sense of purpose that resonates with their team members. This vision is a guiding force, aligning the team towards common objectives and fostering a shared sense of direction.

Traits of Transformational Leaders

Transformational leaders exhibit charisma, which plays a crucial role in influencing and inspiring others. Charismatic leaders can captivate their audience with their enthusiasm and passion, and build trust and commitment in the team. Team members are more likely to be motivated and engaged when they believe in their leader’s authenticity and commitment to the shared vision.

Research shows that transformational leadership positively influences employee engagement and job satisfaction.

Transformational leaders are adept at fostering a supportive and inclusive company culture. They prioritize open communication, collaboration, and teamwork. By creating an environment where individuals feel valued and heard, these leaders empower their teams to contribute their unique strengths and perspectives. This inclusive culture enhances creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging and loyalty among team members.

Individual Development and Innovation

A key aspect of transformational leadership is the emphasis on individual development. This includes a commitment to motivate employees to grow personally and professionally. They provide mentorship, guidance, and opportunities for skill development.

Transformational leaders are also known for their ability to inspire innovation. They encourage creativity by challenging the status quo and promoting a culture of experimentation. These leaders are unafraid of risks and instill this mindset in their teams.

Organizations led by transformational leaders tend to be more adaptable, resilient, and responsive to change. The emphasis on a shared vision and purpose creates a strong sense of identity and unity among employees, fostering a collective commitment to success.

Research shows that transformational leadership positively influences employee engagement and job satisfaction. When individuals feel inspired and motivated by great leaders, they are more likely to be committed to their work and go the extra mile to contribute to the organization’s success.

A Roadmap to Sustained Growth

By focusing on vision, charisma, inclusivity, individual development, and innovation, transformational leaders create an environment that supports team members in achieving success. As companies navigate an increasingly complex world, the principles of this leadership style provide a roadmap for leaders to guide their teams toward sustained growth and excellence.

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Gary A. Cohen

Gary Cohen is Vice President of Certified Contractors Network (CCN). He spent 11 years as a Clinical Professor of Business at the University of Maryland. CCN is a training, coaching, and networking organization in the home improvement industry. For more information on CCN, contact Gary at gcohen@contractors.net or visit www.contractors.net/contractors.

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