The Core Elements Of Transformational Leadership

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2 The core elements of transformational leadership

Now that we’ve explored the concepts and contexts around transformational leadership, we can turn our attention to the core elements of the model. The key elements include Bass’ four transformational components and the test he developed for analysing your leadership style.

Bass’ four components

The core idea of Bass’ transformational theory focused on the ways a leader can change the organisational structures around him or her and to ensure the subordinates follow him. In order for this to happen, Bass identified four components which create the framework for transformational leadership: idealised influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualised consideration. These four became known as the ‘four Is’ of the leadership style.

Idealised influence

Transformational leadership rests on the idea of individual charisma. The key reason the leadership style works is due to the assumption that leaders can use their own example as a motivator for specific behaviour. In essence, because the leader ‘practices what he preaches’, the subordinates will follow his or her example.
The leader is able to show conviction regarding the vision he sets out; he or she remains loyal to the cause and is willing to put him or herself on the firing line. This kind of behaviour resonates with the subordinates on an emotional level and they start viewing the leader as a role model.
Through this concept of idealised
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