Over a decade ago, the Institute of Medicine pointed out that there is a need within the healthcare industry for transformational organizational changes to deliver safe, effective, efficient, patient-centered, timely and equitable healthcare. Organizations’ successful adaption to their new environment requires more individuals leading the change as transformational leaders. Transformational leaders are able to successfully change an organization’s culture and develop the system-wide alignment of its strategies to meet the demands of its environment.
Transformational leadership theory describes a leader’s ability to motivate a follower to accomplish more than what the follower planned to accomplish. Through transformational leadership’s four traits: (1) idealized influence, (2) inspirational motivation, (3) intellectual stimulation, and (4) individualized consideration, leaders inspire followers to accomplish more by concentrating on the follower’s values and helping the follower align these values with the values of the organization.
Read: “Transformational Leadership for Organizational Change,“ an article by Nancy Borkowski, DBA, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA for the South Florida Hospital News and Healthcare Report.