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Transformational Leadership

22 Pages | 5,341 Words
Wendy Morton, MA (#108724)

This book describes the theory of transformational leadership. It begins with a general summary of the concept of transformational leadership, then progresses to in-depth reviews of the major theories of transformational leadership, and provides some examples of transformational leaders that students could use as research paper topics. The eBook discusses applications in the real-world, limitations of the theory, and implications for further research on transformational leadership.

This book is ideal for undergraduate management and leadership students. The eBook is useful for graduate students as well, since it is a summary of scholarly transformational leadership theories. In order to connect the concept with real-world leadership, the eBook includes examples of real-world application of the theory.

An Introduction to Transformational Leadership

Transformational leadership is a theory of leadership that has been given much attention over the previous few years. While this leadership theory has been popular, it has not always been methodically researched in order to provide clear-cut examples of how transformational leadership can be practically applied by leaders and managers. This eBook provides a concise review of the theory, limitations of the theory, implications for future research into the theory, and suggestions for practical applications. Further, this eBook provides a listing of resources that the reader can use for further exploration of the topic.

This eBook covers the theories of Bernard Bass and James MacGregor Burns. Since Burns is the author credited with coining the term transforming leadership, this section is longer than the section covering Bass work. While Burns uses the term transforming leadership , the common term is transformational leadership. Burns theory focuses on leading change, empowering followers, and connecting followers to higher levels of meaning in work commitments. Burns is a political scientist and much of his work revolves around the leadership of presidents and other world leaders.

Bernard Bass was a contemporary of Burns who expounded Burns thoughts about leadership, calling his theory transformational leadership. Bass developed a model of leadership based on key elements of transformational leadership. His model is known as the Full Range of Leadership model. Bass s theory included four elements: idealized influence, intellectual stimulation, individualized consideration, and inspirational motivation.

Various researchers have studied transformational leadership, but Burns and Bass are the two scholars who are most commonly associated with the theory. Bass often conducted research into transformational leadership with Bruce Avolio. However, this eBook only covers the work of Bernard Bass and James MacGregor Burns, each of whom contributed influential books on the topic. While this eBook provides a concise summary of the theory, students of transformational leadership would benefit from reading primary resources to draw their own conclusions regarding the theory.

About the Author

Wendy Morton, MA

Active since Mar 2011

My name is Wendy Morton. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I have a Master of Arts in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. I am currently a Regional Health Consultant with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, where I have worked in various roles over the past sixteen years. I pursued a graduate degree in leadership in order to find motivation and inspiration to more actively lead positive change in my organization. I became a BrainMass Academic Expert to remain sharp in my field and fulfill a desire to be active in an academic setting. Along with my full-time position as a consultant in a large public health agency and working part-time as a tutor online, I am also a wife and mother. While it becomes difficult to juggle the demands placed on me with all my different roles, providing students with insight, guidance, and recommendations is extremely rewarding. I truly enjoy sharing my thoughts and ideas about leadership with students.

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