Essay on Transformational Leadership

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Executive Summary of
“Transformative Leadership: Achieving Unparalleled Excellence”
For , MGT 3110
February 6, 2015

This paper summarizes the article written by Cam Caldwell, Rolf D. Dixon, Larry A. Floyd, Joe Chaudoin, Johnathan Post, and Gaynor Cheokas regarding the need for a new type of leadership in today’s social work environment, defined as Transformative leadership. The article itself varies in the definition, however in a broad sense Transformative leadership is maintaining good moral standing and sound business ethics among employees and individuals inside and outside the workplace. However, in order to reach this theoretical level of business related moral and ethical leadership known as
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Morals and ethics also play a large role in the type of leadership, which in a world that seemingly lacks a moral compass (Paine 2003), it is a necessity to introduce a new model. Freeman et al. (2006, p. 149) stated, ‘‘our current maps and mental models about leadership are failing us.’’. In order to gain the trust of the stakeholders and society, organizations and leaders of tomorrow must be able to demonstrate solid character, raise organizational standards, and be able to meet the expectations of the cynical and complex world that lays in front of us (Cameron 2003; Bennis and Nanus 2007).
This article lays out a new model referred to as “Transformative leadership”, now as difficult as the criteria is to meet, when applied properly it enables leaders to earn a new level of trust and respect among society and coworkers alike. As stated previously, the transformative leadership model incorporates certain features of six commonly used leadership perspectives and the values we can draw from each. Also given are ten propositions regarding the theoretical value of this new model.
Defining Transformative Leadership
Transformative leadership is an ethically based leadership model that integrates a commitment to values and outcomes by optimizing the long-term interests of stakeholders and society and honoring the moral duties owed by organizations to their stakeholders (C. Caldwell et

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