January 27, 2009

Ambiguity about Leadrship Theories

I am using transformaltion and charismatic leadrship as the approach in the LE PMA, to help WaveRiders to be successful. However, I find it is difficult to ditinguish the differences between the two theories. The theories of transformational leadership and charismatic leadership are with high similarity. Since it has various versions of the concepts about those two theories, lack of consistency in the use of terms makes it difficult to compare the differences between them. From the literatures of recent years, the concept of transformational leadership has been shifted towards charismatic leadership compare with the older ones which makes them nearly become one common concept of a theory. It results that if imply the approaches and processes of one theory will cause the achievement for the other. However, there is little point to distinct two similar theories in different concepts, unless it has enough evidence to prove that the features, processes, objectives and results are different from one another.

In addition, the elements which need to be emphasized on in order to become a transformational leader are much or less the same as the elements for how to be an effective leader, such as being good at communication, being influential, being visionary are all the factors of an effective leader. Therefore, further research can be carried on to underlying the special features and processes that a transformational leader should have. Meanwhile, the differences in objectives, results and most appropriate situation to imply between the both theories and effective leadership could also be investigated.

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