People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others.” ~ Blaise Pascal
Indeed. While Transactional Leadership has it’s place, it can never replace or have the positive impact afforded by higher Leadership forms. Funny, people just don’t do well over the long-haul by simply being told what to do all the time…at least not the ones you want on your team.
On the other hand, Resonant and Transformational Leadership approaches can accomplish what Blaise Pascal so astutely observed. How? Transformational Leadership in particular accomplishes this through: Idealized Influence; Inspirational Motivation; Intellectual Stimulation; and Individual Consideration.
The other key component is to cut-out all the telling and instead start asking powerful questions. So, here are a few for us to consider: How would others characterize my Leadership style and approach? Would what they say be what I want to hear? If so, what do I need to do more of? If not, what do I need to do less of or change?
So, are you being and becoming the type of Leader you want to be? Regardless of your answer, how do you need to act on the last two questions to get more of what you and others want out of your Leadership?