Dimensions of Transformational Leadership Behaviors 


Full Range Leadership Model

(With MLQ relationships)

Transformational Behaviors



   Transactional Behaviors


 Reactive/Avoidant Behaviors


In the same motivation study, participating employees were asked "what did their leaders actually do to create this unusual environment?" Their response logically fell into five categories that we subsequently entitled the five dimensions of transformational leadership behaviors.

The behavior patterns can be grouped under the following dimensions:

  • Taking people places they have never been

  • Getting people excited about going to new places

  • Enabling others to act through coaching and support

  • Building relationships based upon trust and respect

  • Setting the example and modeling the way

  • Of interest, this Transformational Leadership Behavior Model well tracks the work of Kouzes and Posner, from the Santa Clara Business School & authors of "The Leadership Challenge". It also is well aligned with the basic research of Bernard Bass (Binghampton Univ.) and Bruce Avolio (Univ. of Nebraska). Bass and Avolio translated their work into a 360 degree leadership assessment (Multi-factor Leadership Questionaire or MLQ) which has become the instrument of choice for Transformational Leadership research over the past 20 years. It measures a full range of leadership behaviors (heavy on transformational) and has proven to be predictive of outcomes and results. The MLQ is the assessment tool that we use to establish a behavioral basis for coaching leaders in both our consulting and coaching projects. The MLQ categories are shown in the model above, next to their TLCC™ model counterparts.

    There is overwhelming antidotal and statistical evidence showing that transformational leaders get better results. So, in a world that is rapidly becoming "flat" and bringing with it the extraordinary competitive pressures we are all feeling today, you need a leadership development strategy that will keep you in the game. We all need to supplement our managing and leading skills with those transformational behaviors that will take our organizations to the next level of performance.

    It is transformational behaviors that catalyze the transformational results process.


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