Navigating Change:
The Need for Transformational Leadership

Is the transactional leadership model working? The modern-day business landscape isn’t what it used to be. With technology at the forefront, we’re capable of things we never dreamed possible as children. And with the unprecedented impact of global disruptions, it truly is a brave new world. 

But is it a world where we can lean on what we used to do? How we did things in the past, in my opinion, might be a thing of the past unless you want your business to go the way of the dinosaurs! 

Moreover, we must turn to something new when the old ways no longer serve us. We need to transform how we work – and we can do that through transformational leadership. Tell me about your digital advancements, transcontinental shifts, and employee generation gaps! I will show you a different approach that actually responds to and drives change instead of pushing against it. 

An Evolving Economy 

It’s not like it used to be! The longevity of companies and corporations has shrunk drastically. Gone is any assumption that a business will live long into its golden years – today, S&P 500 firms are lucky to make it to the legal drinking age! 

It makes sense, though, when you put it into context. Everything changes so fast now, primarily due to technological innovation, which has the potential to make older processes and projects obsolete before you can blink. Additionally, an unanticipated pandemic forced us to adapt on a compressed timeline and altered our outlook on life and the role work plays. 

And though the crisis days of the pandemic have waned, it seems there is no end to new domestic and global concerns. We see disruption and changes to the demands of both consumers and staff. Just look at the Great Resignation that drove multitudes of people to seek employment with more pay and higher satisfaction as they sought better alignment with their passions and more balance with their non-working lives. 

The leaders who will thrive amid all these moving chess pieces are the ones who can evolve. Those who come out on top will master new and meaningful ways to engage their teams, inspire them, and view the changing landscape as a catalyst for growth rather than a problem to squash. 

The Case for Transformational Leadership 

Why transformational leadership? Because traditional leadership – where the boss is in charge, and everyone else does what they are told to do – is out of sync with the new world order. It is not responsive to rapid changes in business, nor is it responsive to the 2024 worker. 

Most leaders no longer merely have a job to do. We have to reimagine the future and align our organizations toward it. We must read the tea leaves, anticipate disruption, and foster a sense of purpose and innovation in the people who work with (not for!) us. 

The Impact of Transformational Leadership

Over the next few weeks, we’ll talk more about developing transformational leaders and how to embrace the leadership framework for yourself. For today, I want to lay the groundwork and urge every leader – man or woman, Forbes 100 or self-employed self-starter, baby boomer, or Gen Z – to consider that there may be a better way to do things. 

The rewards are plentiful. By embracing the transformational leadership approach, individuals and organizations are finding significant success. The model will put you and your company in a better position to sail the unchartered business seas.

Do you have what it takes to be a transformational leader? The answer is a resounding yes if you have the will to:

  • Turn problems into profit
  • Transform challenges into chances for growth
  • Positively impact your team, community, and the world

The need for people like you is more critical than ever because the world changes faster than before. And there is no path to success if we remain stagnant. But I have great news: the tested, proven roadmap for transformational leadership already exists. And there are people like me who would be honored to guide you through your leadership transformation. 

Check back next week to dig in a little deeper. In the meantime, I encourage you to sit with these questions:

  1. How could embracing transformational leadership impact your role and organization?
  2. In what areas are you finding it challenging to adapt to change, implement change, or connect with your team?

Finally, if you missed the first installment of our transformational leadership series, you can read it here.

Lisa L. Baker - Certified Personal, Career, Success and Life Coach

Lisa L. Baker is a professional life coach, career strategist, and keynote speaker. Lisa is the founder of Ascentim – a Maryland-based coaching practice that utilizes a unique G.R.O.W. process to help clients gain clarity, realize new possibilities, overcome obstacles, and win at life. Lisa shows high-performing professionals how to Level Up and Live the Life of Their Dreams.

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