Transformational Leadership in Turbulent Times Analytical Essay by Nicky

An exploration of the effects of transformational leadership on efficacy and empowerment in high achieving organizations.
# 150500 | 5,074 words | 34 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Feb 26, 2012 in Business (Management)

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The paper explains the dimensions of transformational leadership, the role of emotional intelligence (EI) and Bandura's social learning theory to provide insights into why certain leaders, even in the midst of exceptional rates of change and recent global recessions, continue to get exceptional results. The paper shows how emotional intelligence based traits of leaders are essential for transformational leadership to be effective in creating self-efficacy, trust and resilience in subordinates. The paper highlights how the use of transformational leadership strategies is critically important for survival of any institution during periods of rapid change and uncertainty.

Putting Transformational Leadership into Context
Transformational Leadership and the Continuum of Management Styles
Collaboration as a Crucible of Leadership Effectiveness
Transformational Leadership and Trust: Critical For 21rst Century Leaders
Managing Rapid Change Using Transformational Leadership

From the Paper:

"Transformational leadership is actually comprised of a series of attitudes, behaviors, and insights that over time form the foundation of a leader's emotional intelligence (EI) and the ability to lead with authenticity, integrity and trust. Studies of transformational leadership indicate that EI and charismatic leadership as components are related within the context of leadership. EI however has been shown to be foundational as a skill set in the development of transformational leadership (Boyatzis, 2008). It is noteworthy that this fundamental component of transformational leadership is often referred to as charismatic leadership as well (Yukl, 1989). EI and charismatic leadership are discussed in comparable terms by authors including Antonakis & House (2002) and Avolio & Yammarino (2002), both research teams seeing EI as the integral to the definition of transformational leadership as well.
Transformational leadership is more multidimensional in scope than EI however. For example theorists concur that transformational leadership is actually comprised of four behavioral components (Antonakis & House, 2002).
"Idealized influence is the first of these dimensions and this refers to the extent to which a leader has EI-based qualities including the ability to create trust and sustain credibility by being accountable and transparent with subordinates, peers and superiors over time."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Antonakis, J., & House, R. J. (2002). The full-range leadership theory: The way forward. In B. J. Avolio & F. J. Yammarino (Eds.) Transformational and Charismatic Leadership, Volume 2, p. 3 - 33. Boston: JAI Press.
  • Avolio, B. J., & Yammarino, F. J. (2002). Introduction to, and overview of, transformational and charismatic leadership. In B. J. Avolio & F. J. Yammarino (Eds.) Transformational and Charismatic Leadership, Volume 2, p. xvii - xxiii. Boston: JAI Press.
  • Albert Bandura. (1978). Social Learning Theory of Aggression. Journal of Communication (pre-1986), 28(3), 12.
  • Bass, B. M. (1985). Leadership and Performance Beyond Expectations. New York: The Free Press.
  • Bass, B. M. (1998). Transformational Leadership: Industrial, Military, and Educational Impact. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

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