Transformational Leadership Theory
Creating high-performance workforce has become increasingly important and to do so business leaders must be able to inspire organizational members to go beyond their chore requirements. As a answer, brand-new concepts of leadership have risen- transformational leadership being one of them.
Transformational leadership may be found at all levels of the organization: teams, districts, divisions, and administration as a whole. Such leads are visionary, inspiring, daring, risk-takers, and thoughtful philosophers. They have a charismatic request. But charisma alone is insufficient for changing the mode an organization operates. For delivering major changes, transformational leads must exhibit the following four factors:
Figure 1: Model of Transformational Leadership
|Inspirational Motivation: The foundation of transformational leadership is the promotion of consistent vision, mission, and a set of values to the members. Their vision is so compelling that they know what they want from every interaction. Transformational leaders guide followers by providing them with a sense of meaning and challenge. They work enthusiastically and optimistically to foster the spirit of teamwork and commitment.
The common examples of transformational leaders are Mahatma Gandhi and Obama.
Criticisms of Transformational Leadership Theory
- Transformational leadership makes use of impression management and therefore lends itself to amoral self promotion by leaders
- The theory is very difficult to e trained or taught because it is a combination of many leadership theories.
- Followers might be manipulated by leaders and there are chances that they lose more than they gain.
Implications of Transformational Leadership Theory
The current environment characterized by uncertainty, global turbulence, and organizational instability calls for transformational leadership to prevail at all levels of the organization. The followers of such leaders demonstrate high levels of job satisfaction and organizational commitment, and engage in organizational citizenship behaviors. With such a devoted workforce, it will definitely be useful to consider making efforts towards developing ways of transforming organization through leadership.