Do you know which type of leader you are?

There are transactional leaders and transformational leaders.

Rather than going through a long formal description of each, let’s go through an informal bulleted list of the main features of each.

Suggestion: you may want to print this blog, and add a check mark every time one of the bullet points seems to apply to you.

The transactional leader

The most common leadership style

Leads by telling others what to do, how to do it, and then checks up on them all the time
A defensive move due to a lack of leadership competence
Rooted in insecurity and lack of confidence
Encourages others to wait for their next order, rather than take initiatives
Constantly thinks about the next assignment, the next task, the next to-do… for others to do
Has a never-ending running checklist in their head, in the shower, at the dinner table, at home, in the car. This is a great recipe for stress and burnout



The end result of this top-down approach is an emphasis on control, a lack of innovation and creativity, stunted employee growth, minimal delegation, and a tendency to be reactive rather than proactive.

The transformational leader


It’s not difficult to see which style of leadership is more beneficial – for everybody involved.

So the goal is to progress from being a transactional leader to becoming a transformational leader.

This will help your team members blossom, while your own fulfillment increases exponentially.

In the end, transformational leadership, with its focus on inspiration, motivation, and individual development, is about empowering individuals to reach their full potential, while collectively working towards shared goals.

And that is the recipe for success!

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Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ, Fear Free certified

Co-Founder of Chronos LLC