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NAME: SUSAN .T. CHINAKA STUDENT ID: 160044 FACULTY: MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMME: COMMUNICATION SKILLS COURSE CODE: HCS101 LECTURER: DOCTOR BELL Transformational leadership Transactional leadership Compare/contrast on the two styles 1 | P a g e
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A leader is a person or thing that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able to exercise a high degree of control or influence over others. Leadership is defined as the activity of leading a group. According to the website Businessdictionary,” Leadership involves establishing a clear vision, sharing that a vision with others so that they will follow willingly, providing information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision and coordinating and balancing the conflicting interest of all members and stakeholders.” A leader steps up in times of crisis and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations. [ CITATION htt25 \l 1033 ] Transformational leadership Transformational leadership is defined as a leadership approach that causes change in individuals and social systems. In its ideal form, it creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders. Enacted in its authentic form, transformational leadership enhances the motivation, morale and performance of followers through a variety of mechanisms. These include connecting the follower's sense of identity and self to the mission and the collective identity of the organization; being a role model for followers that inspires them; challenging followers to take greater ownership for their work, and understanding the strengths and weaknesses of followers, so the leader can align followers with tasks that optimize their performance. It is characterized by the ability to bring about significant change. Transformational leaders have the ability to lead changes in the organizations vision, strategy and culture as well as promote innovation in products and technology. It focuses on tangible qualities such as vision, shared values and ideas in in order to build relationships. Transformational leadership is based on the personal values, beliefs and qualities of the leader rather than on the exchange process between leaders and followers. A transformational leader is one who has high morals and values, a strong sense of purpose and evaluates moral and ethical consequences of decisions. He encourages divergent thinking and stimulates others, considering each individual’s needs, thus building the respect and trust of his followers. [ CITATION htt28 \l 1033 ] Transformational leadership is also associated with characteristics and it include internal motivational and self-management thus transformational leaders find motivation from within and use that as the driving force to effectively manage the direction of the company. The other characteristic is that of the ability to make difficult decisions thus difficult decisions are a part of being a leader. Transformational leaders do not back away or put off tough decisions. Difficult
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