Transformation has been seen as the act of bringing about a desired change in an individual or a group of people. There are various ways through which transformation among humans can be achieved and it all depends on the type of method that a particular leader decides to make use of in transforming his or her followers. Even though each of those methods can bring about the desired change in people, most of such methods used only seek to force people into submission and that makes it something totally different from what true leadership seeks.
There are two main ways through which people can identified as being transformed and they include;
- Complying with directives
- Showing commitment to the work that they do
With regards to those workers or group members who only comply with the directives that they are given, it is a sure way of letting people know that they are not in tune with the change that has been brought upon them and that they are being forced to dance to the tune of the organisation even though they do not have any kind of limbic link with those goals. This is not what true transformation talks about.
However, with regards to those workers who are always committed to whatever task they are given, they help portray the idea that they are really happy with what the system has been able to do to them. This is made evident in the way that they perform each and every task that is given to them without showing any signs of not being happy. Most of the things that they do are done without being told to do so and they always make sure that the task is executed to perfection. This is what true transformation is all about as it seeks to change people through the act of being inspired well enough to show commitment in the activity that they are performing.
The above two are just things that will let you know that transformation has really taken place and they will also indicate whether such a transformation is positive or negative with regards to how the people respond to the performance of tasks.
In transforming yourself and others to strive to achieve your goals there are two main parts which will help you to succeed as a leader. These two main parts of transformation are;
Vision: Vision is the creation of a mental picture of the condition that you seek to achieve which is far better than what you are presently experiencing. This is the first part of an individual becoming transformed as he or she will begin to create various desirable goals and targets that are different from what is being currently experienced. A leader who is without any clear vision sends a very negative signal to his or her followers that they will be wasting their time and energy if they decide to follow his or her lead. Followers always seek for leaders who have a very clear idea of what they wish to achieve and allows such an idea to totally and holistically transform him or her. When such a person is identified, people are automatically drawn to him or her and their lives are also transformed by the connection that they may have with the vision. Being a leader with a vision is a step towards making sure that you transform your life and that of your followers. When people are able to identify and properly connect with the vision of a leader then they will also be willing to change their ways in order to achieve that particular vision.
Action: This is the second part of transformation and the last also but that does not make it any less important. As a matter of fact it is of equal importance as the first one since they each must be in place if true transformation is to take place within an organisation. The mere fact of having a vision is to say that you are halfway to transforming people and even yourself but when such a vision is put into action then and only then can it be said that transformation has really taken place within the group of people that you lead. So, for transformation within a group of people that you lead to be recognised as being complete there has to be a positive action that will be taken towards the achievement of the vision that has been identified.
Now you know that vision together with action helps to bring about transformation.
About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.