Transformational Leadership is a process that changes and transforms people. It is concerned with emotions, values, ethics, standards, and long-term goals. It includes assessing followers’ motives, satisfying their needs and treating them as full human beings (1). President Obama is a transformational leader in my opinion; his great vision and management skills help him develop a strong emotional bond with his followers. The vision that he wanted to get across to his followers in his first election was “change” (2), President Obama was so passionate with his vision for where he wanted the country to be in four years that it was hard not to follow him on his path. Whereas in this election it wasn't so much about “change” (2) but giving him another four years to make all those promises about the economy come true (3). President Obama is so passionate about what he says that you can look at him and know his believes it with all his heart, that is why many of his followers from his first election still supported him in this election because of the way he motivates them and is able to connect with the lower class of America and get their votes. President Obama was able to appeal to his followers and their sense of a higher purpose in this country by giving them a voice in the White House. President Obama was able to appeal so well to these followers because of his skin color and the idea of him wanting to help the lower to middle class when no other President have done so much as he has for these classes.
In the midst of the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama revealed that his goal was to be a transformational president. (4) “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it,” said President Obama. (4) It was clear that President Obama wanted to change America the way former President Reagan did...
Cited: 1. 27 October, 2012, http://politicalavenger.blogspot.com/2012/10/america-needs-right-transformational.html
2. McDonald, Bob, 24 September, 2012, Bob McDonald on Business, http://bobmaconbusiness.com/?p=3554
3. Caldwell, Leigh Ann, 24 October, 2012, What are Obama’s and Romney’s plans for the next four years? http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57538698/what-are-obamas-and-romneys-plans-for-the-next-four-years/?pageNum=2
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