Business Transformation is the result of transformational leadership with a huge scoop of servant leadership.
We know the prime quality of a servant leader, is that they serve others as priority and transformational leaders have the ability to literally transform organizations!
According to Wiki, Transformational Leadership enhances the motivation, morale and performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms. These include connecting the follower’s sense of identity and self to the mission and the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers that inspires them; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, so the leader can align followers with tasks that optimize their performance.
So what do you do when you take on a territory that is at the bottom of the heap? Or your team are not producing the kind of results you’d hoped for? What do you do when everyone around you says, there is no hope, it’s a dead donkey, you can’t revive it?
Here are three things you can do, must do if you want to succeed and prove them wrong!
It all start’s with a vision, a vision of what you see at the end of the journey. The more clearly you can see it, the better. I’ve always believed that leaders should be transparent in sharing their vision. It’s not some secret or magical formula it’s a picture of possibility. A vision helped me numerous times turn around bleeding markets. Territories that were struggling to keep their head above water never-mind thrive. Without a vision, you are blowing in the wind, at the mercy of the ocean. A vision starts in the mind, and manifests itself into the outside world. “Thoughts become things”.
You must believe in yourself first, then your people. People can move mountains when they know their leader believes in them. Their own belief is escalated and reinforced. Believing it’s possible to pull a donkey out of the ditch and lead the way. Belief that no matter where you are now, your belief can carry you through, all the way to your end vision. When your people feel and know you believe in them, they will prove you right. Trust is up with their belief. Trusting that your people can and will do the right thing. This is a far cry from micro managing. When people feel trusted to do the right thing, they often do. When mistrust and micro management is ruler, is sets a negative tone. Realize, you will become what you believe.
Be open with your communication as a leader. Share you thoughts, vision, expectations and encourage feedback. Encourage collaboration, creativity. Listen to your people and be supportive. It’s true that people will promote what they create. So if you have a great idea, involve others in the creation process. Get the juices flowing and let the team decide. You job as a leader, is to raise other leaders, not hinder or hound them. Not hold them back or derail them. A great leader will develop other great leaders. They are not concerned with their own name in the spotlight, they raise others and give credit, where credit is due. They take pride in the fact that their team came up with great idea’s, solutions and they have no problem in putting other people forward for merit.
V + B + C = Business Transformation and of course HARD WORK.
Hard work, seems to be the ingredient that is missing from a lot of information out there on how to succeed. There are no short cuts, you have to put the time in and work hard. Sure you want to work smarter, ask any successful leader how quick they achieved their success. Most if not all will share with you a journey, a journey of hard work, failures, setbacks and time before they reached their success.