Transformational Servant Leadership
The behaviours of leaders will have a great impact on followers. Published in The Leadership Quarterly, Graham (1991) argued that an ideal leader, is one that is visionary, practical, inspirational and has moral. He also stated that a leader is someone that has a defined set of goals and knows how to achieve them whilst motivating others to advance toward the same goal for the benefit of the entire organisation.
Leadership has been conceptualized in several ways, however, it is argued that leadership involves a process, multidirectional relationship, influence, groups, and common goals (Northouse, 2013). Northouse (2013) also stressed that both leadership and influence does not exist independently: "Influence is …show more content…
Abdul Kalam as a Transformational Servant Leader: Charismatic, Relationship-oriented and Empathetic.
As mentioned above, conceptualizing, emotional healing, putting followers first, helping followers grow and succeed, empowering, behaving ethically and creating value for the community are the core behaviours of a servant leadership process (Northouse, 2013, p.228-229). It is also classified as a form of charismatic and transformational leadership (Graham, 1991).
He who puts others before himself, is a Servant Leader. "Putting others first is the sine qua non of servant leadership". It means using actions and words to prove that the concerns of the followers are being prioritized (Northouse, 2013, p.228).
Before he became president of India, people trusted Dr. Kalam's judgement. He was not known by all who voted for him. Most did not even know of his contributions to the country. He was special, he wasn't a politician. Only known as a nice, intelligent man who had a heart ─ someone who knew what he was doing and would be able to bring hope and peace to the country (The Redcliff, 2002).
"...Followers who are so mesmerized by a charismatic leader that they follow blindly, accepting him or her without question" (Graham,