During the summer, the England cricket team proved to the world that a team can go from one, ‘in the doldrums’ and not given a hope in hell’s chance to win, to a team that became all conquering and defeated the best opposition in the world by reclaiming the Ashes. They did this by practicing Transformational Leadership. Unlike the well known Transactional approach, it is not based on a “give and take” relationship, rather a focused approach on the leader’s, traits and ability to make a change through example, energising the vision and challenging goals. These leaders are internally focused on self-awareness with their weaknesses and strengths, in order to lead by example to their followers.
The end result, is that each person that comes into contact with their leadership style is internally motivated to find their personal weaknesses and strengths in order to make the whole greater than the sum of it’s parts. Thus, England stepped up to the plate during the Ashes series and proved the effectiveness of transformational leadership.
So how can you apply Transformational leadership within your hiring process?
First, you must have a transformational leader at the front, articulating goals and vision.
Then, you must train your hiring managers to be transformational vs transactional managers. They must be able to transform themselves into the company culture in order to promote those same goals and visions.
Finally, the decision makers must move from relationship building to transformational hiring to identify the candidates who fit with the company’s culture and values.
For any advice on Transformational leadership and how it positively effects the hiring of staff, contact Liam McConnell