Leadership Archways


When considering great leaders throughout history, the names of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy are certain to come to mind. These individuals were effective at envisioning change in society and then bringing these visions to reality (Greenberg, 2005). People who revitalize and transform society or organizations are known as transformational leaders.  Dr. King’s famous “I have a dream” speech inspired people to support the civil rights movement and President Kennedy’s shared vision of “landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth” inspired the “space race” of the 1960’s. For these reasons, they are considered transformational leaders. Although these examples are useful we must ask: Exactly what makes a leader transformational? After looking at the leadership literature, I have listed several key characteristics of transformational leaders (Greenberg, 2005).

– Charisma: Transformational leaders have a mission and inspire others to follow…

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