Introduction to Transformational Leadership

A transformational leader is characterized as the ability for one to inspire and motivate one’s subordinates while suppressing individual interests in order to meet a common goal of an organization or team (Yukl, 1999). These types of leaders are prone to showcase heightened levels of dedication to an organization and have a natural ability to identify needs for change (Lăzăroiu, 2013).  “Transformational leadership is defined as a leadership approach that causes change in individuals and social systems. In its ideal form, it creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders.” (SHRM). 

“While transactional leadership involves determining the tasks, rewarding goal achievement, and punishing failure in attaining goals, transformational leadership focuses on the critical human assets such as commitment and thus helps followers to effectively implement organizational changes with both efficiency and effectiveness. Just as leaders need to be both autocratic and democratic at times, they also need to be both transactional and transformational at times also.” (SHRM)

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