7 Principles of Transformational Leadership July 27, 2006Posted by humairah in Skills Development, You.
‘…Create a synergy of energy…’
Leaders of a movement not only are called to authentically model Islamic values and principles, but they should also depend on the seven principles of transformational leadership to create a synergy of energy within their congregation.
1. Principle of Simplification – Successful leadership begins with a vision, which reflects the direction of the common course. This means, the ability to articulate a clear, practical, transformational vision which answers the question, “Where are we headed?” The stone cutters’ tale illustrates this idea: The first stone cutter says, “I’m cutting stone,” the second says, “I’m carving a cornerstone,” but the third says, “I’m building a conference hall.” The third has a vision. Where do political science students see themselves – impacting their local mosque, their community, the nation, or the world? For any team, discussing goals, objectives and vision unifies the members.
2. Principle of Motivation – The ability to gain the agreement and commitment of other people to the vision. Once the transformational leader is able to bring synergy to the organization he must then use various means to energize (motivate) the team. A common way to motivate others is to challenge them, provide ample opportunity to join the creative process, and give them the credit.
3. Principle of Facilitation – The ability to effectively facilitate the learning of individuals, teams, and other reliable and reputable resources. Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline says the primary job of leadership now is to facilitate the learning’s of others. The inborn quest of humans (staff) to learn more and more becomes the leaders greatest asset to address organizational challenges. Transformational leaders have been given a sacred trust of being stewards of their staff’s intellectual capital.
4. Principle of Innovation: The ability to boldly initiate prayerful change when needed. An effective and efficient organization requires members to anticipate change and not fear it. Leaders must initiate and respond quickly to change. Team members successfully influence one another to assimilate change because the transformational leaders have build trust and fostered teamwork.
5. Principle of Mobilization – The ability to enlist, equip and empower others to fulfill the vision. Transformational leaders look for willing participants who have already been given formal leadership responsibilities and also among people who have not. They desire leadership at all levels, so they find ways to invite and ignite leadership all levels. They introduce simple baby steps to enlist larger participants.
6. Principle of Preparation – The ability to never stop learning about themselves with and without the help of others. Rick Warren says, “Leaders are learners.” Transformational leaders realize that the transformation they pursue in is a reflection of their own spiritual quest–that they must serve the world through their giftedness because that is the only way they truly fulfill their life mission. With this mindset, moments of being stuck become moments of total dependence on God. This is such a rigorous path of learning that transformational leaders must be in thriving relationships with others pursuing transformation. It is within these vital relationships, life opportunities and obstacles get saturated in love and support.
7. Principle of Determination – The ability to finish the race. A leaders missions is sometime difficult and their journey often lonely. Leaders depend on their stamina, endurance, courage and strength to finish each day. Because their focus is not only on raising their own leadership but the development of others, the most rigorous and humbling of all human endeavors, transformational leaders experience times of self doubt, grief and fatigue. Transformational leaders have to develop spiritual, emotional, and physical disciplines to sustain their high level of commitment to their cause.
Transformational leaders, then, are awareness-raisers who see strategic initiatives to be fulfilled, problems that align with their own spiritual life mission. As they make leadership commitments to those strategic initiatives, they make commitments to their own emergence. As the leaders transform, the world is transformed. On a large scale those who are already transformational leaders must now invite their high potential players to come forward to lead areas within their organization. As potential transformational leaders come forward they need to be challenged. Beyond the challenge they need the control to figure it out and be given the needed credit when the challenge is met. In addition, these potential leaders need a learning environment that offers a network with other transformational leaders. Leadership development experiences must be prepared that connect the strengths of the team to the overall strategy of the organization with a support system founded on encouragement, accountability and recognition. As these men and women succeed in their transformations over the next decade, millions of people–learning and achieving with them, will rise to a new level of leadership characterized by an unshakeable faith to transform the lives of others by creating a synergy of energy within their circle of influence.
- Transformational leaders are able to articulate a clear, practical, and transformational vision.
Do you clearly articulate a clear concise vision to others?
- Transformational leaders are highly effective at gaining the agreement and commitment of other people.
Am I able to gain the agreement and commitment of others to my vision?
- The ability to effectively facilitate the learning of individuals, teams, and other reliable and reputable resources.
Am I facilitating the learning’s of others?
- The ability to boldly initiate prayerful change to fulfill the vision.
Am I able to initiate prayerful change effectively?
- The ability to enlist, equip and empower others to fulfill the vision.
Am I creating a critical mass of leadership around my vision?
NOT AT ALL—————SOME LEADERSHIP —————CRITICAL MASS
- The ability to never stop learning about themselves with and without the help of others.
Am I learning new skills and improving myself?
NOT REALLY ——————REGULARLY——————DAILY
- The ability to finish the race:
Am I completely sold-out to my life mission?
NOT REALLY ———SOME COMMITMENT ———COMPLETELY COMMITTED
-Adapted from an article by Erik Rees, Minister of Life Mission at Saddleback Church