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March 27, 2013

Transformational leader: Paradox or unfair criticism?

I recently came across a journal article where it was suggested that since a transformational leader is both charismatic and intellectually stimulating, it can create tension in the organization as the two are opposing forces somehow.

However, I personally question this view. In my opinion, anyone can be charismatic as well as intellectually stimulating as a leader. In fact, I will go as far as saying that in order to be truly charismatic, one has to intellectually stimulate the workforce. Let me put this another way: Can a leader really be charismatic if his/her followers are not able to think clearly?

I'll leave that open to debate but in my opinion, this is an unfair criticism of the transformational theory.


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