Why Transformational Leadership

March 22, 2017


Transformational leadership behaviors help build school vision and establish school goals.  Operationalized transformational leadership behaviors exhibited by the school leader provide intellectual stimulation.  These school leaders are able to provide individualized support, model best practices, and demonstrate organizational values.  Transformational leaders set high academic standards, create a productive school culture, and foster participation in the decision making process.  Within a school setting, transformational leaders perform three basic functions.  First, transformational leaders sincerely serve the needs of others, empowering and inspiring followers to achieve great success.  Second, transformational leaders charismatically lead, casting a vision and instilling trust, confidence, and pride in the individuals working alongside the leader. In the educational world, transformational leaders help create an environment that is supportive and encouraging for students, teachers, and support staff.   Finally, they embody a standard of intellectual expectation that ignites intellectual curiosity and stimulation for their faculty, teachers, and staff.  According to research, the most successful school leaders in the future should be transformational leaders.

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