Transformational leadership in organisationsThe success of every organisation today heavily depends on the type of leadership in the organisation especially on the top management. The importance of individual leader’s performance on the general performance of an organisation has become more important now than ever before. The use of individual leadership styles in leading today’s organisations is now being emphasized after several success stories have been witnessed in pioneer organisations. One such type of leadership that organisations seek to see in their organisations is transformational leadership which is the ability of an individual leader to influence their followers to contribute beyond what is expected of them (Barbutoc. 2005.
pp. 28). This is through a leader providing their followers with focus, and a good amount of support, involvement and appreciation all designed to motivate their follower to adopt the leader’s vision on organisational performance and adopt it as their own (Bryant. 2003.pp. 9). This paper seeks to explore this type of leadership in modern organisations through providing extensive literature about the topic as provided by different writers. The paper also seeks to provide evidence of use of transformational leadership in one modern day organisation and how their leader’s leadership style has improved performance in the organisation.
The leadership style of Michael Dell of Dell Inc. will be focused and why he fits to be considered a transformational leader and how his leadership style is affecting those under him and also on the performance of the organisation. Introduction In the recent times, transformational leadership had been accorded a lot of attention as a new form of leadership. Many scholars seek to understand transformational leadership and how it is being utilized by organisations in the modern day society.
Transformational leaders have been defined as individuals who can develop a vision for the organisation, and able to influence followers to contribute to the organisation beyond their expectation (Sanders, Hopkins and Geroy. 2003.pp. 25). Transformational leadership has been closely related to organisations success and effectiveness. This is because transformational leaders help their followers focus on the goals of the organisation and how such goals are to be achieved. They influence their followers through active participation in the organisation’s functions. Other definition of transformational leadership has been provided as that which redefines the commitment of people in an organisation to the organisational vision and mission through the renewing their commitment and restructuring the ways that such goals are to be accomplished (Odom and Green. 2003.
pp. 63). It is a situation where leaders and followers in the organisation are on the same level in terms of their commitment towards achievement of organisational goals. It fosters the ability of a leader to enhance capacity development in their followers to increase their personal commitment to achievement of organisational goals. This form of leadership occurs when a leader in the organisation is able to increase the level of interest of the employees to organisational matters (Leithwood and Jantzi. 2000.pp. 112).
Transformational leadership in an organisation helps employees in a company be able to leave their personal interests to pursue interests of all those in the organisation. This therefore means that transformational leadership is able change the lives of those under a transformational leader such that their life goals will be based on those of the organisation (Judge, and Piccolo. 2004.pp. 762).
This is through change of their perception on different issues in live such as commitment to what they are doing and boosting their morale in the pursuit of organisational goals.