HOMEWORK 6- Transactional-Transformational and Braveheart

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Transactional/Transformational Leadership vs. Braveheart Braveheart, a cinematic masterpiece grossing more than 200 million dollars, is about a man named William Wallace. This protagonist loses family members at a very young age to oppressive rule by King “Longshanks”. He moves away with his uncle who raises him, and he returns to his homeland, Scotland, but vows not to get involved in the weak Scottish rebellion. However, when his wife is killed and he fights back against the English, he unconsciously begins a Scottish revolt. He leads his troops through a few successful battles, but eventually loses and goes into hiding, killing a few nobles who betrayed Scotland. At this point, the nobles have realize the Wallace’s respect and admiration by the people, and he is set up and taken as a prisoner, declared guilty of treason, and executed. Several leaders in the movie fall into the categories of transactional and transformational leaders. A transactional leader is one that has valued things that can be exchanged, such as the relationship between an employer and employee. On the other hand, a transformational leader motivates his followers to pursue a morally better end than those they were previously inclined to do. The only person in this film who is a transformational leader from beginning to end is William Wallace. Whether its leading his country to freadom or teaching his wife how to read, he is consistent in his transformational leadership. When he first returns to Scotland as an adult, he is challenged by a friend in a stone throwing battle. With all eyes on them and no intention to have an army or lead troops, he says, “the test of a soldier is not in his arm, its in his head”. This is just one example of him motivating others for self- improvement, and he said all of this even though he didn’t even know that he needed them for battle yet. While his friend threw the rock farther, he proved to all of these
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2008 for the course PHIL 335 taught by Professor Lloyd during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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