Today, Day 16 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, I’m returning to the series on Transformational Leadership after I diverged to write about the inspirational experience of seeing a one woman play based on Erma Bombeck’s life and writings. In yesterday’s post I credited her as possibly being the original mom blogger. Though she technically did not write a weblog, commonly known as a blog, she did chronicle life as a wife, mother, and career woman, much like female bloggers today. At any rate, the more I think about what she accomplished before laptops, social media sites, mobile apps, and even the internet made sending writing out into the world wide web of users by simply hitting a submit button is truly amazing. Somehow she was able to balance life and work to become one of the most popular newspaper columnists ever. I’m a fan and now plan to read as many of her fifteen books as I can get my hands on.
My commitment to post daily means I’ve recently become fascinated not only with Erma Bombeck’s work, but with all articles, books, and other blogs – anything to do with becoming a successful blogger. I’m in a state of high intellectual stimulation, which is the final I of Transformational Leadership. Leaders who stimulate the creativity of their followers and grant them the freedom to solve problems innovative-ly are transformational. By soliciting the ideas and input of the team while refraining from criticism, this type of leader builds capacity amongst those they lead. Followers are not only able to see the big picture, they can devise successful solutions to complex problems.
Autonomy is such an important thing. In leadership. In life. With those I lead, though we have a coaching model to guide sessions, I explain to Coaches that it’s a framework – a skelton. Then I grant them autonomy to flesh it out during the actual sessions with their Coachee based on their needs. Just granting permission for creativity eases the pressure and allows them to approach the session with an open mindset that lets the session flow organically but with some structure. This builds their coaching muscle and makes for a better session for the Coachee. Likewise with parenting. Adults facilitate opportunities for children to explore and be creative, with the boundaries needed for safety, but not so many that creativity is stifled. This teaches children critical outside the box and problem solving skills. Intellect and creativity are like muscles. They have to be exercised to grow stronger.
Hopefully, this series on the 4I’s of Transformational Leadership will assist Pink Collar professionals – inside and outside the office – to use idealized influence, inspirational motivation, individual consideration, and intellectual stimulation to be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose – wherever we are.