Transformational Leadership a Personal Reflection
A Transformational Leader is a person who assesses a country, or organization/company, and recognizes the need for a change in the entity and is able to envision what this change should be. The transformational leader not only envisions the necessary change but has the required personality and strength of character that will enable them to influence others to buy into their vision and make it their own, and hence be willing to follow the leader in the quest to bring about the vision. Transformational Leadership can be defined as a style of leadership in which the leader identifies the needed change, creates a vision to guide the change through influence and inspiration, and executes the change with the buy in of the members of the group. Transformational Leadership is a partnership between leaders and followers who mutually support each other to reach a higher level of motivation. This level of interaction of engaging in each other’s best interest has both ethical and moral benefits that are inspirational for both parties, hence the term ‘transformational’; its core is change and it has lasting changing effect. In the Jamaican context leadership has traditionally been absent, we moved out of slavery and the bacra master mentality pretty much stayed with us with the business owners being the new bacra’s as well as the politicians becoming the new imperialists. Over the last 30 years there has been a subtle shift towards leadership in corporate jamaica which is now evident in how companies like Grace Kennedy co ltd, and JMMB are operated leadership and indeed transformational leadership is starting to take place in Jamaican companies as they look to emulate a Grace and/or JMMB, in the political arena though Transformational leadership is lacking. There have been isolated cases of Transformational leaders in the Jamaican political landscape, Mavis Gilmour comes to mind, also Edward Seaga, Michael Manley, Norman Manley, Alexander Bustamante, and if following the strict defining characteristics of a transformational leader, then Mavis Gilmour could be struck from the list, this list is made up of politicians from pre 1992, since 1992 we have had politicians who have been happy to preside over the same economic stagnation and rising crime, Bruce Golding was supposed to be the great transformational leader who was elected on campaign promises of change (BBC Caribbean, 2007) but he took charge of the country after 19 years of PNP rule and continued down the same path as his predecessors and arguably left the country worse than when he inherited it with our international reputation in tatters after the Dudus fiasco. Jamaica needs a Transformational Leader, and from my point of view there is no politician emerging or entrenched that looks willing or able to fill this void. Emerging leaders who are change agents should exhibit some or all of the four (4) dimensions of leadership behaviour that are critical to the transformational relationship: a. Idealized Influence: This is critical young leaders need to take charge and lead from their own example which will in turn inspire followers to emulate similar behavioural patterns thus effecting change and boosting motivational levels within the political organization. b. Inspirational Motivation: This dimension is very critical in that a haven is created within the organization whereby a feeling of optimism and commitment is garnered which aids in the development of the vision. The new leader will need to keep the creativity level increased if he is to lead a change initiative. c. Intellectual Stimulation: New leaders are often very zealous about leading a change initiative within the organization. However, the new leader must create an environment where there is a development of new ideas and solutions constantly flowing which challenges the old status quo and brings about competitive advancements which leads to the...
Cited: (2007). Retrieved from BBC Caribbean: http://www.bbc.co.uk/caribbean/news/story/2007/09/070910_jamaica.shtml
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