Transformational Leadership : Leadership And Transactional Leadership

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Introduction Transformational leadership is the process by which a leader engages with others and creates a connection that raises the level of motivation and morality in both the leader and the follower towards the greater good (Northouse, 2010, p. 172). Transformational leaders are different than managers, which as Burns claims are the differences are in characteristics and behaviors. Burns also established two concepts transforming leadership and transactional leadership. The transformational leader elevates followers to make the whole work environment more successful and have everyone be successful, while transactional leaders are focused only on the accomplishments of tasks. Transformational leadership is a way of life, and there is no better situation to examine it then examining basic training for the United States Air Force. Transformational leadership has four main factors and is also often closely tied with charisma. The first factor of idealized influence is basically charisma and being a strong role model for followers (Northouse, 2010, p. 177). I view transformational leadership as an end goal on a time line of laizzez-faire, then transactional leadership. Even though transformational is the final and best form sometimes an opportunity to become a heroic leader arises. Charismatic leaders are more likely to grow into heroic leaders as followers are going to like the leader more. Transformational leaders, which can be heroic, have three more factors including inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration, all can be found out while shaping our military during basic training. Inspirational motivation is when leaders motivate their followers through inspiration and this can be se... ... middle of paper ... was no ever any punishment for people who just up and stood up in the back of the class to avoid falling asleep. I have used this tacit during meetings, and conference calls to maintain attention. The Air Force clearly inspires a shared vision. During basic training my whole life was trying to live up to core values of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all I do. I still live those core values because the Air Force’s transformational leaders were so effective in inspiring a shared vision. During basic training there is not much in the ways of challenging process, as it was about learning the process. Once I got to my first duty station in Whiteman Air Force Base it was about challenging the process. Some leaders felt it was important to avoid falling into the same routine of the “Air Force Way”. Enabling others to act Encouraging the heart
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