Transformational Leadership Theory

March 22, 2017


In the past six decades, leadership has been defined using many different classification systems.  A working definition of leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of followers to achieve a common goal.  Research findings indicate transformational practices result in academic success for students and attribute to leader effectiveness. Transformational leadership is the ability to get people to want to change, improve, and be led.  The theory of transformational leadership provides educational leaders with a leadership paradigm that includes accountability and student-centered instructional practices.  In that way, the presence of transformational leadership behaviors are positively associated with a school’s innovative climate.  Leaders who exhibit transformational leadership behaviors are able to motivate followers to do more than expected in terms of extra effort and greater productivity.  Leaders who are able to operationalize transformational leadership behaviors have the ability to change a teacher’s professional practices by encouraging organizational learning, commitment, and efficacy assert that transformational school leadership improved equity in education by producing positive effects on teacher job satisfaction, school effectiveness, and student achievement.

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