The apostle Paul employed the voice of a leader when he said, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" (Rom. 12:2).
Transformational leaders are first change agents.
This type of leader is an enemy to any status quo scenario. Business as usual is scrutinized. The fishbowl reveals true change.
On the other end of the leadership spectrum transactional leaders impart direction "by the book." I'm never sure who wrote that book or under what rock it was discovered. I think it is an exaggeration to couple the words transactional and leader. Transactions are completed by managers. Not all managers are leaders, especially if transactions are their focus. Don't try to change the mind of transactional leaders. Their mantra is "This is how we do things here and always will."
The essence of transformational leadership is mind renewal. This leader asks many questions. Every question is a challenge to the old normal.
Transformation occurs between status and quo.
As they seek transformation, leaders must operate as unto the Lord. That means keeping their minds in a constant state of renewal.
Even in the face of the roughest disciples, their cry should be, "I believe; help me in my unbelief."
Transformational leadership requires the fruit of the Spirit—it demands long-suffering.
Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, released July 2017.
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