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Transformational leadership

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"The focus on transformational leadership is on what the leader accomplishes rather than on the leader's personal characteristics and his or her relationship with the group members". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller 2006, p.104)
Organisations have struggled to manage many situations like chaos, the changing environment and also to adopt or reinvent new technologies. This is where transformational leadership can help making these issues less damaging to the organisation.
Transformational leadership serves to change the status quo by :
  • "Appealing to the followers values and their sense of higher purpose" (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006, p. 105). Transformational leaders make sure that everyone's opinion is important. In order to change the culture they make sure that everone understands what is going on and how they change will occur.


  • "Reframing issues so that they are aligned with the leader's vision and the followers values". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, p.105). Changing issues so that he can solve them is a pretty complicated step, because he has to take into consideration what his followers are going to this. He has to make sure that what they value is taken into consideration.


  • "Operating at a higher stage of moral development that their followers". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006, p.105). The transformational leader has to make sure that his morals are better than the one's from his followers, he simply has to see what is right and what is wrong before the mistakes occur.


How transformations takes place

Leders like the transformational have the need to change an organisations performace from low performance to high. This is done by 7 important steps. Every leader that wants to transform the organisation must follow those steps in order to be successful.

  1. "Raising peoples awareness". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105) The leader must show them that there is a problem. By pointing out the issues the followers will think about that and consider changing it.
  2. "Helping people look beyond self- interest".(Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105). There are two kinds of people in an organisations. Those that work for the organisations and try to make it a better place, and those who work for the organisation but look only for their best interest. The transformational leader must simply change their mind so that they look beyond their interest only and see the organisation as a whole, where if improvement is made can benefit everyone not only just them.
  3. "Helping people search for self-fulfilment".(Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105) Making sure that everyone is growing in the organisation. This is important because if people can grow they will perform better.
  4. "Helping people understand the need for change". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105). Change is important. Nowadays organisations depend on it. The transformational leader has to make sure that everyone understands that change is good and that it will benefit everyone in the organisation. Resistance to change can cause big problems for the organisation, and it can put them into a risky position.
  5. "Investing managers with a sense of urgency". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105). In order to transform the organisation, the leader must assamble all the managers and make sure that they understand his vision and support it.
  6. "Committing to greatness." (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105). The transformational leader must adopt to a great attitude and so make sure that his followers agree by doing this he strengthen his societies.
  7. "Adopting a long-range perspective and at the same time observing organisational issues from a broad rather than a narrow perspective".(Dubrin,Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.105)


Four key qualities of transformational leaders

There are four major qualities that a transformatinal leader has. These are;

  • A transformational leader is charismatic. 'The Charismatic Leader gathers followers through dint of personality and charm, rather than any form of external power or authority." (Jones, 2006, p.12) . Transformational and charismatic are closely linked together because they want to change the organisation without any force.


  • Transformational leaders "practise inspirational leadership". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006, p.108). Instead of forcing someone they inspire people to follow them by leading with passion. It is all about being inspired and making sure that people follow him in the way he wants them to follow.


  • These leaders also provide "intellectual stimulation". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.108). The transformational leader also wants his followers to examine all the old problems with the new method or the new way.


  • Transformational leaders "demonstrate individualised consideration". (Dubrin, Daglish & Miller, 2006 p.108). They are trying to make sure that every employee in an organisation is valuable, by spending time with every employee they make sure that he feels a sense of belongingness, because emplyee alienation can cause many issues in the organisation.

Two very well known transformational leaders are Nelson Mandela and Steve Jobs.

Nelson Mandela web page

Steve Jobs web page