Select two leaders (from the US or international) who you consider to be examples of transactional and transformational leadership. Conduct independent research on these individuals and create a profile that addresses the following:
- What makes one leader transactional and the other transformational?
- What added value does each bring to their organizations?
- What conditions and organizational contingencies influence whether a transactional or transformational leadership style would be most effective?
- Considering your answer above, compare the effectiveness of both leaders you profiled in their given environments. Was their leadership style appropriate?
Transformational vs Transactional Leaders
Transformational Leader: General Colin Powell
Transformational leaders foster development and bring a higher level of personal commitment to the followers. "Transformational leadership occurs when leaders broaden and elevate the interests of their employees, when they generate awareness and acceptance of the purposes and mission of the group, and when they stir employees to look beyond their own self-interest for the good of the group (Bass, pp. 26-40)."
General Colin Powell is certainly an example of a transformational leader. He is proactive and engages people as a whole. They are part of the mission at hand. He is the type of leader who is able to arouse the emotion in followers. He realizes the scope of a job and instills his followers to look inside themselves and do the best they can do. General Colin Powell overcame the entrenched racism in the military and in civilian life (Hay, 2006). He was the first African American in 1989 to become Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 1991, he was the first ...
Transformational/transactional leadership and leadership styles are determined.