THEORIES OF LEADERSHIP
are a relatively recent phenomena that have beenadvanced by the sudden interest in historical leaders and the desire to identifythe characteristics and behaviors that these leaders exhibited. By understandingthe characteristics of the leader, their successes and failures, as well as thepolitical and work environment they faced, the modern day worker can hope toreplicate this success.Transformational Leadership starts with the development of a vision, a view of the future that will excite and convert potential followers. This vision may bedeveloped by the leader, by the senior team or may emerge from a broad seriesof discussions.
In order to create
, the Transformational Leader has tobe very careful in creating trust, and their personal integrity is a critical part of thepackage that they are selling. In effect, they are selling themselves as well as thevision.When a decision is needed, an effective leader does not just fall into a singlepreferred style, such as using
methods.Factors that affect situational decisions include motivation and capability of followers.
Leaders here work on such factors as external relationships,acquisition of resources, managing demands on the group and managing thestructures and culture of the group.