Transformational Leadership : Transformational And Transactional Leadership

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According to the online Oxford Dictionary, leadership is “the action of leading a group of people or an organization.” But what makes someone a leader? To put is simply, a leader is someone that motivates and inspires those around them to achieve a common goal or vision. That may sound fairly simple, but not everyone is a leader. And there are several different leadership styles to consider. The two most common styles are transformational and transactional leadership. Transformational leadership is generally defined as a leadership style that causes change. This unique leadership style focuses on four key behaviors: Influence through a vision, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration. (Burns, L. R., et. al.). That all sounds great, but what does it mean?
Leaders utilizing transformational leadership will start out by showing their team a vision of the future. This vision tells the team their purpose; that is, what they are there for. This is generally done by ensuring that the team understands and believes in the values of the organization, which motivates them to work toward fulfilling their purpose. The next step in this process is encouraging creativity amongst the members of the team. And finally, the leader must motivate each team member by focusing on their individual strengths and weaknesses. It is important that each team member is inspired to carry out the purpose in his or her own way.
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