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Leadership22 MGT555


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TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP 1.0 INTRODUCTION The fast-phased changes that are happening in the globalized market necessitate that organizations be constantly abreast with the developments, progress and challenges that it confronts as it tries to create a niche in the global market. Several factors like organizational culture, structure, resources and the likes affect and influence the direction taken by the organization as it fulfills its organizational goals. However, there is an agreement among scholars that leadership is the primal factor that steers the organization in the attainment of its aims and objectives. As such, it isn’t shocking that the concept of leadership is one of the most researched subjects today. But what is leadership? Leadership has been defined as “‘a stream of evolving interrelationships in which leaders are continuously evoking motivational responses from followers and modifying their behavior as they meet responsiveness or resistance, in a ceaseless process of flow and counter flow”(Burns, 1978 as cited in Masood et al, 2006:499). Seen from the perspective of evolving interrelationships, different kinds of leadership are identified and classified. The different kinds of leadership are; the classical leadership and under it are the authoritarian leadership and paternalistic leadership; the transactional leadership and samples of it are participative leadership and laissez-faire leadership, visionary leadership which is transformational and charismatic kind of leadership and the organic leadership which is “relatively new” (Jing & Avery, 2008). There exist limitless literatures which address the concept of leadership and its classification. 1 | P a g e
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And it is in the context of continued effort to further understand the concept of leadership that this paper intends to respond. 1.1 AIM The aim of the paper is to understand transformational leadership in lieu of personal initiative. This is significant as transformational leadership is contemplated as the most appropriate form of leadership that can maneuver an organization in the globalized market. Also, be able to grasp some of the fundamentals of transformational leadership in connection with personal initiative in order to further enhance the conceptual knowledge and practical application of transformational leadership in organizational set up. 1.2 FOCUSED QUESTIONS As there is a wide range of discussion and research on leadership, the paper aims to focus its clarification to the notion of transformational leadership and its relation to personal initiative. Being such, the primary question that this paper seeks to address is: What is the relation between transformational leadership and personal initiative? 1.3
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