Become a Transformational Leader to lead a transformation

Excerpts taken from Transformational Leadership: A Quick Start Guide: Growing, Supporting, and Empowering People to Amplify Change in Organizations by IT Revolution.



What is transformational leadership and how it is different from some other forms of leaderships?

  • Transformational leadership is an approach in which leaders “motivate followers to achieve performance beyond expectations by transforming followers’ attitudes, beliefs, and values.

  • In contrast, transactional leadership, rewards employees for “complying with a leader’s wishes. Transactional leadership encompasses contingent reward and management-by-exception. Transactional leadership is better suited to cultures that prize maintaining the status quo, depending on preset processes and measurement to drive behavior.

  • In contrast, Servant leaders focus on their followers’ development and performance, while transformational leaders focus on achieving, mission goals while also encouraging and supporting followers’ development and performance.

What are few of the advantages of having a transformation leader?


Better business results, predictive factor in software delivery, create good working climate and culture for their teams


In their article “Dimensions of Transformational Leadership: Conceptual and Empirical Extensions,” Rafferty and Griffin provide a great fifteen-item measurement survey for transformational leadership that is predictive of organizational outcomes. The 2017 State of DevOps Report, conducted by DORA and Puppet, validated that this model of transformational leadership drove key capabilities in the context of technology work, which in turn contributed to software delivery and organizational performance.

What are different dimensions of Transformational Leadership?

  1. Vision

  2. Understands organization direction

  3. Understands team direction

  4. Understands 5-year horizon for team

  5. Intellectual Stimulation

  6. Challenges team status-quo

  7. Challenges team to continuous ask new questions

  8. Challenges team on basic assumptions about the work

  9. Inspirational Communication

  10. Inspires pride in being part of team

  11. Say positive things about team

  12. Inspires passion and motivation; encourages people to see that change brings opportunities

  13. Supportive Leadership

  14. Considers others' personal feeling before acting

  15. Is thoughtful of others' personal needs

  16. Cares about individuals' interests

  17. Personal Recognition

  18. Commends team for better than average work

  19. Acknowledges improvement in quality of work

  20. Personally complements individuals' outstanding work


Reference:Transformational Leadership: A Quick Start Guide: Growing, Supporting, and Empowering People to Amplify Change in Organizations by IT Revolution

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