Transformational Leadership Style

Many people have been identified as true leaders with the assumption that great leaders are ‘born as leaders.’ Leadership is an action that involves guiding a group of people in an organization. An effective leader ought to create an inspiring vision of the future, motivate and inspire the subordinates to work towards realizing the vision (Spahr, 2015). The discussion presented regards a leader who exhibits ‘transformational leadership style’ and why the leader was so successful.

Transformation leadership seeks to inspire other people to achieve remarkable success. The workers have autonomy on their specific jobs and can make decisions based on the acquired training skills (Spah, 2015). Among the many transformation leaders I have read about across the world, Nelson Mandela from South Africa stands out to be among the best in the African history. Some leaders find it challenging to change even a small company, but Mandela transformed the entire Africa continent. Transformational leaders ought to have some basic characteristics that drive them to do their work efficiently. They are inspirational, good in mobilizing and at conflict resolutions and never lose morale. It is apparent that Nelson Mandela exhibited the traits and many others that made him stand out among other leaders in transforming his country and the continent.

Mandela served as the President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, but his impact as a transformational leader was felt far and wide. His leadership style was characterized by authority, authenticity, commitment, good communication, and consistency. He demonstrated inspirational motivation and good working relations when he visited the wife of the champion of Apartheid, Betsie Verwoerd, after being released from prison. He demonstrated the need for leaders to be humble and focus on the future and not the past.

Mandela demonstrated transformational leadership by his character of ideal attributes and behavior. He worked hard to ensure that he brings on board most of the business leaders in support of his development agenda. He knew most of them personally, and his character enabled him to relate well to them. He earned respect and authority that was instrumental in influencing other people to work with him in transforming the country. He did demonstrate not only self-awareness but also social awareness in managing relationships with others. His transformational leadership style provides inspiration to many business leaders who learn from his legacy.

As a transformational leader, he stated that ‘it is better to lead from behind and put others in front when celebrating victory after nice things occur.’ He also emphasized that a leader ought to take the front line when in danger for the other people to appreciate his/her leadership. The leadership style he demonstrated is unique and only found in a selfless leader. It is contrary to what many business leaders behave; they demand recognition and credit when things are good, and blame others when everything turns sour. A transformational leader does not take all the praise and credit but considers others as important contributors to the success.

Mandela founded the African National Congress (ANC) and shared his vision to like-minded people who followed him in realizing that their sacrifices would lead South Africa to freedom. The courage, tolerance, and inspiration demonstrated during his arrest, and jail term by the colonialist was a great motivation to his followers who joined hands in the fight for their national freedom. Mandela was a true inspiration to his followers to stop at nothing less than success. His transformational leadership style is emulated and admired by many international leadership