Keep People In The Know
Transformational leaders empower others by keeping them "in
the know," by keeping them fully informed on everything that
affects their jobs. People want and need to feel that they are
"insiders," that they are aware of everything that is
going on. There is nothing so demoralizing to a staff member than
to be kept in the dark about their work and what is going on in
Give Regular Feedback
One empowering behavior practiced by transformational leaders
is regular feedback on performance and results. People need to
know how they’re doing so they can improve if performance is below
standards and so that they can be proud of their successes. The
more feedback you give to people, the better it is, as long as
the feedback is objective and not critical. My friend, Ken Blanchard,
says that, "Positive feedback is the breakfast of champions."
Be Generous With Praise
Be generous with your praise and encouragement. Remember, people
are the only asset that can be made to appreciate in value by
giving them warmth, respect, approval and by creating a climate
of positive expectations.
Your Real Goal
Your goal is to become a transformational leader, the kind of
person that motivates and inspires people to perform at levels
far beyond anything that they had previously thought possible.
Dare To Go Forward
Dare to go forward. Successful companies are invariably those
that continue to research, develop, experiment and introduce new
products and services – even during the deepest recessions. Successful
executives are those who are continually stretching themselves
to move out of the comfort zone, to face the twin fears of failure
and rejection and to move forward in spite of them.
Create An Exciting Future
What companies and countries and institutions need today are courageous
visionary leaders who are committed to creating an exciting future
for themselves and others. You have within yourself the ability
to evolve and grow as a leader and to make a real difference in
the world around you. And the one thing you can know for sure
about yourself is that, no matter what you’ve accomplished up
to now, there is far more that you can do.
As you practice the behaviors of effective leaders,
you will grow more and more toward the realization of your full
potential. It’s completely up to you.
Here are two things you can do immediately to put these ideas
into action in your work.
First, hold regular meetings with your staff and
tell them everything that is going on. Invite their comments,
questions and concerns. Make everybody feel as if he or she was
an insider in the organization.
Second, continually look for opportunities to
give positive feedback, praise and encouragement. People need
praise and encouragement like roses need rain and sunshine. Take
every opportunity to make people feel better about themselves
and their work.