Transformational Leadership Theory is the key to understanding true leadership
Are transformational leaders born, made, developed, created or product of circumstances? Is transformational leadership reserved only for an elite few, a specific gender, a super race or advanced intelligence? This post is designed to answer this question.
This post is written to challenge the limitations of your conception of your own abilities and ignite in you the conviction that you were born to lead.
History has produced a legacy of distinguished and outstanding leaders who have impacted the world and furthered the development of humanity. They were both men and women, rich and poor, learned and unlearned, trained and untrained.
They came from every race, color, language and culture of the world. Many of them had no ambition to become great or renowned. In fact most of the individuals who have greatly affected humanity have been simple people who were thrust into circumstances that demanded the hidden qualities of their characters or they were driven by personal, passionate goals.
Leaders are ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing character that inspires the confidence and trust of others. Our world today is in desperate need of such individuals.
The great Greek philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates considered and explored the dynamics of human behavior and the nature of humanity. A significant portion of their investigation and contemplation focused on the art and dynamics of human social relationships in regard to governing.
They addressed the subject of leadership and examined this complex issue in much detail. One of their basic conclusions was that leadership is a product of natural endowment and personality traits. They postulated that one person is born to follow and be subordinate.
For many years now, this concept of leadership has prevailed in numerous schools of thought and has gone unchallenged.
The results has produced a historical, global concept that the masses are destined to be ruled by the significant, privileged few, sentenced by fate to their circumstance, to live life as dedicated.
However time and again history has presented us with cases that contradict the premise of this perception of leadership and in many ways, defy the notion that leaders are born.
Transformational Leaders are ordinary people who accept or are placed under extraordinary circumstances that bring forth their latent potential, producing character that inspires the confidence and trust of others.
There are people who, based on the Greek philosophers theories, never would have been accepted as leadership material. Yet they became some of the greatest leaders in history.
Lying deep within you is the potentials for leadership, beyond the misconception that only special people are called to the lofty positions of leadership. I believe there is a leader in everyone waiting to serve his or her generation.
It is essential that you change your concept of leadership now and see yourself the way God sees you. We are not all the same, but we are all leaders in our own unique ways.