Explore BrainMass

Leadership Theory: Provide a summary on one of the leadership theories

Provide a summary on one of the following leadership theories:

1. Charismatic leadership
2. Transformation leadership
3. Leadership substitutes theory
4. Cognitive resources theory
5. LPC contingency model
6. Multiple-linkage model
7. Path-goal theory
8. Situational leadership theory
9. Social exchange theory
10. Strategic contingencies theory

The summary should 1) identify the theory and individuals associated with the theory, 2) provide a clear description and/or conceptual illustration of the theory, 3) select at least two current articles, books, reports, etc. results of research studies based on the selected theory, and provide a summary of the findings for each in APA format; use APA format for the author citations. Include the citations at the end of each paper, and 4) provide at least one idea for describing a condition or situation where behaviors associated with the selected theory may be considered for effective leadership practice.

The leadership theory paper MUST identify individuals associated with the theory.

Solution Preview

Theory of Transformational Leadership

Theory and Individuals Associated with Theory
The concepts of transformational leadership were first introduced by James Mac-Gregor Burns in the year 1978. Previously he brought in the conceptions of transformational leadership in his descriptive research on political leaders, but now this term is exercised in organizational psychology also (Bass & Riggio, 2006). According to Burns, transformational leadership is a procedure in which leaders and followers assist each other in going on to a superior level of confidence and enthusiasm.

Transformational leadership is a well-known leadership approach that produces valuable and convinced alteration in the associates and followers with the ending aim of explicating associates and followers into leaders (Luthans, 1998). Transformational leadership is a procedure that alters and transforms individuals. In other words, this approach of leadership is the power to get people to want to alter, to develop, and to be guided (Hall, Johnson, Wysocki & Kepner, n.d.).

It regards evaluating followers' needs, fulfilling their motives and valuing them. Consequently, a transformational leader could make the company more flourishing by respecting and valuing its associates and followers (Cherry, 2010). A transformational leader concentrates on "altering" others to assist each other, to watch out for each other, to be promoting and tuneful, and to watch out for the organization altogether. This leadership theory involves "leaders and followers" (Luthans, 1998).

With this approach of leadership, the leader tries to heighten the enthusiasm, confidence and presentation of his followers through an assortment of means. These comprise associating the follower's awareness of individuality and self to the duty and the corporate uniqueness of the organization; personifying a trend-setter for followers that prompts them; demanding followers to undertake superior charge of given work, and realizing the intensities and failings of followers, so the leader can effectively coordinate followers with tasks and duties that enhance their functioning (Hall, Johnson, Wysocki & Kepner, n.d.).

Conceptual Illustration of the Theory
This theory was introduced by Burns, who was ...

Solution Summary

The expert provides a summary on one of the leadership theories.