What is Transformational Leadership?

July 2, 2012


“Inspiring a shared vision is the most efficient way to produce outstanding results.” –Jack Shiefer (taken from The Leadership Challenge)

Transformational leadership is described as leadership that “gets people to infuse their energy into strategies.” (Kouzes & Posner, 2007). It is labeled “transforming” or “transformational” leadership because of the effect on both the leader and follower?both are raised to higher levels of expectations and conduct through the pursuit of a shared vision. Transformational leadership’s key components are intellectual stimulation, idealized influence, inspirational motivation and individualized consideration resulting in a strong commitment to a shared vision that positively enriches the team members and the team leader in a mutually beneficial fashion?the ultimate win/win.

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