Are You a Transformational Leader? — Take the Test

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Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership is about transforming the business and changing the organisation’s culture.

Take our test and see how high you score.

Transforming Leadership

Our key to transforming anything lies in our ability to reframe it. – Marianne Williamson

The transformational leader is someone who has vision and turns creative ideas into action.

What’s more, the transformational leader has a positive unifying effect on people, which results in better outcomes for employees, teams and the business.

But what makes a transformational leader? And what differentiates transformational leadership from transactional leadership?

The Transformational Leader

The transformational leader is interested in the individual and the team. Their aim is to see everyone reach their full potential.

And to do this, the transforming leader sets themselves apart from transactional leaders. Transforming leaders transform the business, function or team, and change the organisation’s habits and culture for good.

Are You a Transformational Leader?

The transformational leader has the following leadership qualities. How many of these do you have? Take the test* 

Transformational Leadership is the “How?” of Leadership

Transforming leaders:

1. Have Integrity

The transformational leader is honest, open, and consistent. They are a leadership role model.

2. Show Concern for Others

Transformational leaders show genuine concern for their teams. They listen, and they encourage. The transforming leader helps everyone through periods of change.

3. Influence Stakeholders

Transformational leaders are sensitive to the needs and aspirations of stakeholders. They also have good political skills and engage stakeholders to create a platform for change.

4. Are Visionaries

Transformational leaders have imagination. They know how to turn ideas into vision. And, they encourage others to fashion the vision and make it reality.

5. Develop Leadership Potential In Others

Transformational leaders empower action. They delegate responsibility and develop leadership potential in others.

6. Are Approachable

Transformational leaders make themselves available to the team. They are approachable, accessible, and sensitive to others. They listen with presence.

7. Make Decisions

The transformational leader is decisive. They are confident, resilient, and determined to get the right results.

8. Include Others When Making Decisions

Transformational leaders involve others in decision making. They know that uncertainty is counterproductive, and make it clear where there are boundaries.

9. Are Strategic Thinkers

The transformational leader encourages critical and strategic thinking. They accept ambiguity and uncertainty, and still press on to make change happen.

10. Show Versatility

Transformational leaders are versatile. The transforming leader understands the issues and the goal, and will take the uncharted route when needed to make change happen.

11. Manage Change

The transformational leader manages business change with sensitivity and skill. They get to the heart of change and know how to make change happen.

12. Take Risks

Transformational leaders take risks.They show entrepreneurial flare. And, they understand that making mistakes is uniquely human and how we learn. Every mistake gets us closer to making change happen.

I believe that entrepreneurs play an unmatched role and the accelerating pace of innovation is transforming the face of global challenges. You must think about the solution differently when you’re trying to impact 1 billion people rather than affecting 1 million people. – Naveen Jain

How do you score yourself as a transformational leader?

How well does your team or business do? Are there any patterns or trends? What would you change?

*After the Beverley Alimo-Metclafe Transformation Leadership Questionnaire.

Last updated 13 September, 2014 5 CommentsShare the knowledge …


  1. says

    These are some essential characteristics and qualities of a successful leader. I’ve found connecting, building relationships, and training the people around you is so crucial to lasting leadership. It allows the person to be positively impacted even when you go.


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