Summary of Transformational Theory

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Summary of Transformational Theory


Transformational  theory is a moral approach to leadership through the valuing of human  dignity by the elevation of the self-esteems, fulfillments, and  actualizations of those who follow (Whetstone, 2002).  “Transformational  leaders demonstrate self-confidence, the ability to articulate a  vision, a willingness to pursue the vision even if they must assume high  personal risks, and an ability to promote change” (Giampetro-Meyer et  al., 1998, p. 1728).   Because this approach is also people-centered, there are parallels to  the servant leadership model in areas such as “influence; vision; trust;  respect/credibility; risk-sharing/delegation; integrity; and modeling”  (Hannay, 2009, p. 4).  The servant theory developed from these with the  concept of positioning the needs and desires of followers above and  before those of the leaders (Whetstone, 2002).   Servant leadership  introduced the new wave of theory that leads by emphasizing  relationships and service to others (Taylor, Martin, Hutchinson, Jinks,  2007).



Assignment questions:

1.  What is Transformational Leadership?

2.  Why is Transformational Leadership important to the Minister?

3.  Is Transformational Leadership at all related to the Great Commission?  Why or Why not?

4.  Did Jesus Christ practice Transformational Leadership?  Provide an example from the Bible to support your answer.



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Hannay, M. (2009). The Cross-cultural  Leader: The Application of the Servant Leadership Theory in the  International Context. Journal of International Business & Cultural  Studies, 11-12. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.   


Taylor,  T., Martin, B., Hutchinson, S., & Jinks, M. (2007). Examination of  leadership practices of principals identified as servant leaders.  International Journal of Leadership in Education, 10(4), 401-419.  doi:10.1080/13603120701408262.


Whetstone, J. (2002).  Personalism and Moral Leadership: The Servant Leader with a Transforming  Vision. Business Ethics: A European Review, 11(4), 385-392. Retrieved  from Philosopher’s Index database.