Our guest blogger today is Melanie Cohen, HUD’s Office of the Chief Information Officer
Transformation seems to be “the” word in 2011, often attached to organizational initiatives and activities, but often transformation is a misunderstood word. For many, the image that comes to mind when you hear the word transformation is probably change. But it means so much more. What does it take to be a “transformational leader?” Transformational leadership is an effective approach to inspire organizational members and followers to realize outcomes they might not have thought were possible to realize.
This was the topic of the July 2011 HUD OCIO Learning Session entitled “Lessons of the Criticality of Transformational Leadership to Enabling Long-term Organizational Performance Outcomes,” presented by Dr. Stan Boddie of the National Defense University. A common misconception is that you have to be at least a GS-15 or sit in a corner office or control something in order to be a transformational leader. But that is a mistake. It’s about being a proactive agent for positive change in your particular environment, regardless of if you sit in a cubicle or office suite or lead only yourself.
As you know, the best ideas about change come from the front line employees. If you want to be a transformational leaders, think about submitting an idea for the SAVE awards. The SAVE Award (Securing Americans Value and Efficiency) seeks ideas from federal employees to make government more effective and efficient and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely. The goal of the SAVE Award is to produce ideas that will yield savings while also improving the way that government operates.
Being a transformational leader means you have a vision, you’re inspired to take action, and you communicate your idea for greater good of the HUD community. Change only happens when you decide to take that first small step—see something, say something, then DO something.