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Transformational Leadership Specific Examples

Provide 2-3 specific examples of transformational leadership that you have personally witnessed or are familiar with. Would you characterize these leaders as being charismatic or not? Based journal article how important is charisma to influencing change?


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I am going to give you some examples of transformational leaders that you could research on your own, if you so desired. I will explain why I think these individuals are transformational leaders using some information from graduate papers I have done on these leaders. Keep in mind, leadership is found at all levels of society. Transformational leaders, in my opinion, promote positive, long-term change in their organizations, societies, and nations.

1. Examples of transformational leaders:

Elizabeth I of England:

Today Elizabeth's reign is idealized as a golden period of English history. She became queen of a poor, uncultured, and religiously estranged island nation (Axelrod, 2000). Elizabeth I had some major issues to tackle as she took control of England. Foremost among these quandaries, was the religious division that her sister Mary had exacerbated. Coupled with the religious dissention in England, there were military issues with France and Spain. England also needed to expand its commerce, build a navy, and bolster its finances. While dealing with these dilemmas and many more, Elizabeth was constantly pressured to find a husband and produce an heir (Axelrod, 2000). She moved a backwards island nation into an empire during her reign. This is no small feat, especially for a female of the time period.

Elizabeth's leadership style depended largely on her personal magnetism. Elizabeth used her charm and speaking skills to sway politics and manipulate alliances. Unlike many charismatic leaders, Elizabeth was truly dedicated to England and the populace that she governed (Axelrod, 2000). So, like most leaders, Elizabeth cannot be thrust into one convenient leadership style. Her leadership was a combination of charisma, dedication, intellectual ability, emotional obligation to her people, and an occasional person whim. In other words, her leadership style fluctuated with the circumstances and maturity of her reign. Why is Elizabeth I an example of a ...

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This solution offers examples of transformational leaders and a discussion of transformational leadership and charisma.