The growing number of women in leadership roles has revealed a distinct leadership style that determines how they run their organizations. This leadership style not only focuses on the achievement of goals but also on employee development. Called transformational leadership, it is challenging traditional ways of running organizations. It would be a mistake to say that men do not care about personal development.
However, if we are to believe studies, women have shown a natural tendency towards transformational leadership. But before anything else, let’s discuss the leadership style we’re used to. Transactional Leadership We often hear our company’s president, boss or manager tell us, “It’s not the effort that counts, it’s the result?” Yes, it’s all about results with transactional leaders. It doesn’t matter if we are working more than eight hours a day. Although we undergo additional training or attend company-sponsored seminars, these are geared towards doing our jobs better. It’s not really about our personal development.
Transactional leaders are often impersonal when engaging their employees. Sure, they go out for drinks with their subordinates, but there’s no real intent in creating a personal relationship. Our dealings with them are limited to updates and problem-solving. Women and Transformational Leadership Is there an explanation of why women are natural transformational leaders?
Well, according to scientists, women have higher oxytocin levels than men. Oxytocin is responsible for maternal behavior and social bonding. This high hormone level explains why women have a greater desire to express concern for their subordinates.
So, in the event we are called upon to be transformational leaders, it’s best if we do the following to be successful.
- Communicate with subordinates more often. Communicate in person rather than through a memo or an email, especially when setting goals. Be sincere and honest. You gain your employees’ trust and they reciprocate in the same way.
- Create a personal relationship with your employees. Money is not the only motivator in the workplace. You’ll find out a lot of your subordinates are enjoying what they are doing. They are always excited to get to work in the morning. Always match your employees’ interests with assigned tasks.
- Make your employees feel important. Make it your job to let them know they are a significant part of the whole organization.
- Lead by example. If you want others to change, be the first to change. If you desire teamwork, be a team player. Employees watch your every move. They wouldn’t do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.
With a transformational style of leadership, we can make a significant contribution to any organization. Instead of avoiding it, why not embrace it?