Monday, January 3, 2011

Transformational Leadership by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

Everywhere you look there is a need for leadership.  Whether you visit a local hospital or business, I bet you see the need for more effective leadership.  We all need better leaders in our lives and we all need to be better leaders in the lives of others. 

A true leader can transform organizations and lives. 

Transformational leaders move followers beyond the behavior-reward paradigm that typifies a transactional leader. Transformational leadership involves empowering followers to be change agents within the organization and encourages performance and effort beyond what is typical from a transactional relationship.

Transformational leaders are intellectually stimulating and facilitate problem solving in the follower. A transformational leader encourages followers to put the goals and values of the organization ahead of their own. Charismatic and transformational leadership have been described as a combination of inspirational motivation and idealized influence. 

Transformational leaders demonstrate individual consideration by demonstrating a concern for the employee on an individual basis. Some theorists have suggested that the dimension of individualized consideration is similar to the consideration and employee-centered behaviors as defined at Ohio State and Michigan in the 1950’s. Leaders who exhibit individualized consideration behaviors are concerned both with the development of followers and giving personal attention.

As we continue to research and talk about the issue of high school dropouts and the price our community pays for them, it is worth considering that perhaps students will stay in school and graduate if they are surrounded with Servant Leaders who are transformational. 

As we enter into a new year, let us all work on being better leaders.  Our children and our community will be better for it.   

The following are eight tips to consider:
  • Make connections with others.
  • Accept that change is part of living.
  • Move toward your goals.
  • Look for opportunities for self-discovery.
  • Nurture a positive view of yourself.
  • Keep things in perspective.
  • Maintain a hopeful outlook.
  • Take care of yourself.

Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a wife, mother, and educator living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the President of the Leadership Empowerment Group, LLC. and is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is the author of Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader.   For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at


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