February 27, 2014
Gandhi: Leading for a Change
Mahatma Gandhi is internationally considered to be one of the most influential leaders the world has ever experienced. During India’s independence movement, Gandhi used non-violent, civil disobedience tactics in order to gain equality for Indian’s in South Africa and used these same methods to promote religious tolerance between Muslims and Hindus. By executing strong leadership styles, Gandhi was able to move thousands of followers to believe and join him in his quest for equality. A transformational leader himself, Gandhi used his vision of a more peaceful and tolerant world to motivate his followers to actively participate in progression of creating a better world. The 1982 film “Gandhi” portrays the life and impact of Mahatma Gandhi. Through the non-fictional film, Gandhi’s extraordinary leadership is exemplified through several important life situations, all which illustrate his role as an active and effective transformational leader. Transformational leadership is a process in which the leader tries to engage followers to reach their full potential and to motivate them to better themselves and the world. Many consider transformational to be the most effective form of leadership because it motivates followers in a positive way, and this positivity ultimately translates into higher quality results and betters the subordinates themselves. For example, after Gandhi is kicked off the train for sitting in first class because he is a minority, he takes initiative to start a movement to end racial oppression, ultimately recruiting many Indian followers to participate with him in civil disobedience. Gandhi’s consistency and dedication to ending racial oppression in South Africa eventually showed some improvement, and some extent of equality was arranged for Indian minorities. Gandhi inspired his subordinates to follow his lead with his charismatic personality, assuring...
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