The Transformational Leader

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In The Leadership Challenge, written by Kouzes and Posner, the last chapter focuses on the power of everyday leaders “because leadership is not about position or title” (Kouzes and Posner, 2012). Leadership is about building relationships, being credible, and doing what you say you are going to do. A transformational leader has the power to lead others to new places and to motivate others to strive for a high level of performance. Transformational leaders have to believe they can have a positive impact on others and use their actions to convince others that they can be leaders too. Nelson Mandela died this week at age ninety-five and he left a legacy as one of the most important leaders in modern history.Throughout Nelson Mandela’s life, “many of his defining moments involved acts of compromise, pragmatism and reconciliation” (Myre, 2013). Nelson Mandela used different opportunities to reach out to people who were not his ally. Instead of fighting in a war he decided to fight in an election to “advance the cause of black political rights” (Myre, 2013). One of the most memorable opportunities was in 1995 rugby World Cup in South Africa. Rugby was dominated by white people in South Africa, but “Mandela went to the stadium in Johannesburg and put on the green jersey of the national team, the Springboks, before the championship match with New Zealand” (Myre,2013) The crowed, who was predominately white, of 80,000 began to chant “Nel-son.” Nelson Mandela served one five-year term in South Africa and the voluntarily stepped down. This was an extraordinary act because Africa is a place “where many leaders expect to rule for life, and often do” (Myre, 2013). Nelson Mandela utilized the skills of being leader and the virtue of compromise... ... middle of paper ... ...s with my own actions. Leadership gives us the opportunity to demonstrate the best of who we are. Leadership constantly presents challenges, and those challenges will define me as a leader and how effective I can be for my coworkers, family members, and friends. Works Cited Arbinger Institute. (2010) Leadership and self-deception: getting out of the box. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kouzes, J. M., & Posner, B. Z. (2012). The leadership challenge: How to make extraordinary things happen in organizations. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. McClure, L.F. (2000). Anger and Conflict in the Workplace. Manassas Park, VI: Impact Publications. Myre,Greg. (December 8th, 2013). Nelson Mandela and the Virtue Of Compromise. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/12/08/249562974/nelson-mandela-and-the- virtue-of-compromise.
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