Transformational Leadership

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Transformational Leadership
Chad Strickland
MGT380: Leadership for Organizations
Professor: Rokesha(Kay) Green
September 4, 2012

Transformational leadership is a form of leadership in which relationships are organized around a collective purpose in ways that transform, motivate, and enhance the actions and ethical aspirations of followers (Burns1978).

"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning." (Maya Angelou). There have been many leaders throughout our history and our current time to choose from that makes this assignment a difficult choice. I am a person who believes that we should learn from our past to identify problems to come and identify with them for reasonable outcomes and possible solutions. In my opinion no world leader and the words they spoke speak louder than Thomas Jefferson. I can recall watching a mini-series on John Adams and this man stood apart from everyone else. Now granted this was a miniseries but from some of the reading I did after the miniseries, the words he spoke and the way the actor portrayed him seemed to be pretty close. This third president of the United States was born April 13, 1743 in Shadwell Virginia and lived to be 83 years old with his passing on July 4, 1826 in Charlottesville Virginia.

Thomas Jefferson is considered by some as the original patriot. He has inspired many world leaders since his passing in the areas of religious and individual freedoms. President Kennedy once said at a dinner to honor western hemisphere Nobel Peace Prize winners that “they were the most extraordinary collection of human knowledge that has ever gathered at the White House with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” To point out the leadership qualities of the man who wrote our declaration of independence and lead our country through troubled times is not an easy task. The leadership qualities that jump out...
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