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Blog: Equating Transformational Leadership to Servant Leadership

Monday, May 21, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Transformational Leadership is defined by the Business Dictionary as “a leadership approach that causes change in individuals and social systems. In its ideal form, it creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders.” 

 

Like most of you, I’ve worked under wonderful leaders and I’ve worked for not so great bosses, but I’ve always learned something from the experience, even if it was what I did NOT want to be as a leader! My hunger for leadership development probably began in elementary school when I was “in charge” of my own library, card catalog and all! As a new college graduate in my first position, I learned how it felt to be “just” a front-line worker (of course, I’ve subsequently learned that the boots on the ground do some of the most important work). Now that I lead teams, I know how vital it is that I nurture the leader in every team member, not only because that’s what makes the team strong, but because I believe it’s what each individual deserves.

 

I equate Transformational Leadership to Servant Leadership, and it’s something I feel strongly about as a leader. It is my job to be authentic and transparent. It is my job to focus on my team, to pour energy and support into them. This kind of leadership means doing the dirty things, not just the glamorous things, and it means not asking for the credit. I saw a perfect example of this kind of leadership just the other day as my boss, in jeans and t-shirt, headed out to help our maintenance team as they tended to our campus.

 

 

Servant leadership at its finest. Vincent Duran, Executive Director of Boys and Girls Country of Houston, helping prepare campus for a Spring Festival during May 2018.

 

Are you being led by a servant leader? Is she/he pouring energy into you, encouraging your professional and personal growth? Do you feel like you have a direct line to your leader; is he/she authentic and vulnerable with you and others? We all have the capability to be a great leader in some way, whether it’s at work, at home, or in our volunteer efforts.  Having access to someone that believes in you and supports you as you grow is vital. I encourage you to seek out this kind of leadership, and to BE a servant leader. It’s life changing for you and for others around you, and makes our professional and personal lives that much more enriched.

 

 

About The Author

 

Melissa Simon, MSW, CFRE is the Director of Development at Boys and Girls Country of Houston, Inc.  Melissa has over 25 years of experience in the social service sector, 16 of which she has dedicated to resource development for nonprofits.  She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.  Melissa considers herself a generalist in fundraising and excels in team leadership, mentoring, and strategic planning and implementation. She loves to share her knowledge and experience, and teaches the Proposal Writing I and Volunteer Management classes at the Glasscock School of Continuing Education at Rice University as well as other workshops around Houston. Melissa received her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) in 2015, and is the current President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Houston Chapter.  Melissa and Jeff, her husband of 20 years, have four children, 3 grandchildren and another on the way.

 


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