3. They break the pattern
Entering the world of the Modern Workplace requires a lot of patterns to be broken. The transformative leader focuses on a vast amount of things at once, all at the same time.
The successful transformation starts, when the leader understands to replace the existing mindset with a new one, and that it implies breaking a lot of systems, habits, and behavioral patterns. And, that they cannot change just one thing at a time. They need to work with all of the elements, simultaneously: Purpose, innovation, culture, organizing, and leadership.
It’s like eating a large elephant. In the old days you ate it bite-by-bite. Now you start with a smaller elephant.
4. They experiment
When breaking the patterns you need to test new things and experiment a lot. The transformative leader experiments, and tries new approaches to feedback, 1:1-conversations, project methodologies, visual planning, remote work, IT tools etc.
I’ve seen leaders experiment with network-based mentoring, visual strategy planning, stand-up meetings on top-level, speedfeedback, 24hour sprints, hackathons … followed by evaluation and adjusting.
Especially I’ve seen the transformative leaders experiment with their own role, trying to actively remove themselves from the epicenter of power, leaving room to the team members and their leadership.
5. They actively seek feedback and input
The transformative leader seeks feedback often, and uses it openly and transparently for improving the culture, wellbeing, and behaviour.
Also, the transformative leader constantly listens to input from inspirational sources, reads articles, listens to podcasts, and in general stays alert and hungry.
The results are substantial and measurable
- Example: Significant increase in ratings in employee evaluations (several cases document this).
- Example: Continuous increase in weekly happiness-measures
- Example: Employees nominate the leader to a competition for Best Young Business Leader
- Example: Continuous decreasing sick leave
- Example: Significantly more network relations created both in the team and across the teams