Find out what makes a great leader, with
James Manktelow & Amy Carlson.
James Manktelow: Hello, I'm James Manktelow, CEO of MindTools.com, home to hundreds of free, career-boosting tools and resources.
Amy Carlson: And I'm Amy Carlson from Mind Tools.
If someone asked you to define leadership, what would you say?
Chances are, most of us would have a different answer because we all have unique ideas of what leadership is, and what it should be.
JM: There are many different leadership styles. At Mind Tools, we think that transformational leadership is the best style to use in most situations.
If you'd like to start using transformational leadership, there are four elements you can work on.
The first element is creating a vision. Your vision is a clear picture of where you see yourself and your team going in the future. Your vision needs to be ambitious but still attainable.
It needs to be rich, vivid, and exciting, so that your team will actually want to go there with you.
AC: The next element to work on is how you motivate and inspire people.
Anyone can have a vision, but a true leader has the ability to motivate and inspire others so they want to deliver that vision.
One way to do this is through Expectancy Theory. This is where you link two different expectations clearly.
One is the expectation that hard work leads to good results. The other is that good results lead to rewards.
Expectancy Theory motivates people to work hard because they expect to enjoy rewards at the end.
Learning how to use Expectancy Theory is an important part of becoming a transformational leader.
JM: The third element to transformational leadership is managing the delivery of the vision.
This element involves the real nuts and bolts of managing people.
You need to know how to set performance goals, how to manage a project, and how to manage change effectively.
AC: The last element to transformational leadership involves coaching and development.
Knowing how to coach and develop others is incredibly important in leadership.
Many great leaders put the needs of their team above their own. This creates an environment of trust and mutual respect.
JM: You can improve these skills by giving and receiving feedback regularly, learning how to understand team dynamics, and by becoming a mentor for your people.
Leadership can be hard to define, but by subscribing to the transformational leadership model you can help set the direction for your team, inspire them, and help them do the right thing to move forward.
You can find out more about the transformational leadership model, and other leadership styles, in the article that accompanies this video.