How to be a Transformational Leader
By Chris Tamura
Listed below are helpful tips on how to change the mundane routine of your office and strategize toward being an effective leader.
1) Say yes to accepting normal.
In order to be extraordinary, there must be an understanding of what is ordinary. Some managers may immediately scoff at an existing idea to try and recreate the wheel. Making improvements does not necessarily mean the old ideas are worthy of extinction. Recognize the positives and enhance the product by adding resources that will propel the company to the next level.
2) Say yes to accepting the do-nothings and slackers.
Many managers will blame the employees as a reason for not meeting their goals. Some will make an extra effort to terminate employees who are perceived as the “loud mouth”. On many occasions, the “loud mouth” is considered a leader amongst their co-workers. The key is to be vigilant and utilize their ability to influence others to gain a positive advantage for the company. Placing them on a morale committee might be the trick. Allowing these types of workers an opportunity to collaborate in the decision making process may alleviate the negative energy.
3) Say yes to copying your competition.
Many companies state that they want to be the best in their field. In order to be transformational, recognizing that there is competition is fundamental to the success of the business. Identifying what the competitors are doing will only strengthen the ability to create new ideas to be at the top of the industry.
4) Say yes to the thought that employees and managers are not on the same team.
The “Us vs. Them” mentality is alive and well in the workplace. Many employees feel that they are not on the same team as the managers, and that the overall goals and objectives are different. By embracing this concept, a leader can gain an advantage by recognizing and listening to their employees. Rather than immediately striking an idea or concept, the manager should let the employee know that all ideas are up for consideration.
Chris Tamura is the Student Affairs Program Manager and an instructor at The International School of Hospitality. Chris offers career advice and guidance and has a wealth of experience in various Human Resources and Hospitality Management positions. For more tips and career education opportunities, visit www.TISOH.comor pleaseemail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org