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Transformational Leadership

Staff motivation and leadership theories are very topical issues in modern society. Choosing the right leadership model allows not only to achieve the results, but also to awaken willing to work for the common good in employees. This paper describes the principles, methods, and approaches of transformational leadership for the most effective interaction with subordinates.

Transformational leadership strengthens motivation, morale and performance of subordinates through a variety of mechanisms. In this model the leader is a role model for the followers. The manager should determine strengths and weak points of his/her followers and provide them with tasks to optimize their work. Transformational leaders force their followers to focus on higher orders of their needs while increasing the perception of the importance of the new ways to achieve the desired results.

There are a few tips on how to use the transformational leadership model. The leader must consider complex problems together with the employees from different perspectives. He/she must show the relationship between the strategy to achieve the goal and its results. Having developed the concept, the leader must immediately proceed to its implementation (Shibru, & Darshan, 2011). He/she should express confidence, determination, and optimism about the task. His plan should consist of many steps towards the achievement of the main goal.

There are four specific organizational methods of transformational leadership. Firstly, individual consideration means that the manager must work individually with every subordinate. Secondly, intellectual stimulation means that the leader must stimulate and encourage creative endeavors of the followers. The next element is the inspiring motivation that means that a leader must encourage people to solve the problems. Finally, idealized influence means that the leader should be a role model.

In conclusion, the transformational leadership model is quite popular and has many advantages compared to other models, such as transactional. The transformational model helps to encourage creative, intellectual work, to get a well-deserved respect for the head and to get a positive and creative atmosphere in the team.


Shibru, B., & Darshan, G.M. (2011). Transformational Leadership and its Relationship with Subordinate Satisfaction with the Leader (The case of Leather Industry in Ethiopia). Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, 3(5). Retrieved from