Saturday, January 28, 2012

Transformational Leadership


The success of transformational leadership is determined by the level of effective engagement between leaders and followers. "Such leadership occurs when one or more persons engage with others in such a way that leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality" (Wren, 1995, p. 101). Successful transformational leadership "changes some of those who follow into people whom others may follow [while changing] leaders into moral agents" (Wren, 1995, p.103). This promotes a healthy and collaborative workplace environment which can only benefit a company/school. However, unsuccessful transformational leadership occurs in situations when leaders feel threatened by followers' growth or empowerment. Avolio (2002) notes that "the impact of transformational leadership on followers' performance is often explained as stemming from followers' development and empowerment, which increases both their ability and their motivation" (p. 83). Leaders who are too self-absorbed or egotistical, and not willing to work with their constituents as relative equals, may soon find this collaborative leadership approach too "hands on" for their liking. In turn, this would stifle progress and attitudes within the company/school.
 
References
Avolio, B.J., & Yammarino, F.J. (2002). Transformational and charismatic leadership: The road ahead. San Diego, CA: Emerald.
 
Wren, J.T. (1995). The leader's companion: Insights on leadership through the ages. New York, NY: Free Press.

2 comments:

TechBizM said...

Thanks for the excellent post. It's a very good & informative one.

For a few  years, I am learning & working on the topic, Transformational leadership. Quite a lot of leaders in the human history have demonstrated exceptional success in transforming human life, work, economy, philosophy and above all well-being. I have recently analyzing some transformational leaders, their successes, traits and the secrets of their being of such kind of leaders.

My blog on this topic is http://www.squidoo.com/transformational-leaders . Here I have described the leadership of 3 great leaders. This list should be a bigger even. I have selected them not based on any category but on total impact of their leadership on their followers and the society or the community or even the world they lived in.

I think, transformational leaders need not to be a ruler or army chief or sectarian leader. Rather from the history of business, religion, technology we see a good number of individuals who marked their steps in this hall of fame. One thing is common in all transformational leaders, they are people’s leaders and they worked for collective well being and they succeed as a whole.

rickh823 said...

Thank you for your response to my post. My recent posts have been a direct result of my current Doctoral Program in Education. I will be sure to check out your blog as well. Again, thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts!

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