Identify and explain four of Bass’s factors associated with transformational leadership. Give examples from your own experiences or observations that illustrate the use of two of these factors. Contrast the expectations of transactional and transformational leaders. Transformational Leadership There are several factors of transformational leadership as identified by Bass in his analysis of models of leadership. Idealized influence or charisma which involves the leader creates an environment which will increase the level of morale and motivation to his followers. For example a leader can provide latest technology machines and devices to the employees who will make work more easy and efficient. The leader becomes part of the followers and is invested in them in ensuring that they have the necessary means for optimum productivity. [...]
Discussion Posts: Students are expected to actively participate in class discussions, via the discussion board in BB Learn. Participation is required for success in the course. The instructor will post 10 discussion prompts on the board (each worth 10 points for a course total opportunity of 100 points). To be eligible for full credit, students must respond to the instructor’s original post (may earn up to 6 points), and at LEAST two classmates (worth up to an additional two points each). Points earned are based on content, support, detail, organization, and mechanics. Instructions200 200 original post 175 first classmate response 175 second classmate response Identify and explain four of Bass’s factors associated with transformational leadership. Give examples from your own experiences or observations that illustrate the use of two of these factors. Contrast the expectations of transactional and transformational leaders. Two peer to respond to:175 words Bass lists four factors that contributes to transformational leadership including idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration. Idealized influence or charisma as Bass calls it, is associates with an emotional component that describes a leader as a strong role model. This means that most followers identify with these leaders in the sense that they would like to emulate them because they either have very high moral or ethical standard while also being dependable. This factor is typically measured by attributional and behavioral components which typically focuses on the perceptions leaders have on their followers and the follower's observation of the leader. Inspirational motivation or inspiration, refers to a communicative leader who sets high expectations for their followers by inspiring them through motivation to become committed and inspired by the organization's vision. Most leaders use symbols or emotional appeals in order to focus group member's efforts in order to deter self-interests and create a team atmosphere. Intellectual stimulation describes a leader that stimulates followers to be innovative and creative in order to challenge their beliefs and values to excel in the organization as a leader themselves. They typically support their followers and encourages them to use new approaches and encourages them to develop new ways of dealing with organizational issues A leader also may use individualized consideration when using the transformational process in order to provide a supportive climate in which they listen carefully to their followers on an individualized basis. Leaders will typically act as coaches or advisors to their followers but will also assist them in becoming fully actualized and challenge them to grow personally. Two real life experiences or observations that I can highlight from my own perspective would be inspirational motivation and individualized consideration. While I was working at a Chase bank call center our team leader would use inspirational motivation in order to break the monotony of the position. She would use the team environment in order to inspire us to make more sales and encourage us to meet goals together versus separately by helping each other with sales pitches and execution. The second real life factor I have had an experience with is individualized consideration. When I was working at the Hit and Run unit supervisors took the time to listen to each individual's needs and concerns in order to foster a supportive atmosphere. Each quarter they would meet with employees in order to go over personal goals, needs, and motivate them to try different approaches within their every day work assignments and supporting their concerns throughout the process until their yearly reviews. The differences between transactional and transformational leaders are that transactional leaders focus on an out-group model where a leader will exchange information with their followers but will never interact with them. A transactional leader is apart of the in-group and engages with their followers and others in order to create a connection with them to get them to meet their full potential. Second reponse to reply to :175 Bass listed four factors that are associated with transformational leadership - idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration. Idealized Influence, or charisma, involves two components - attributional and behavioral. Attributional components are the perceived characteristics of the leader, and the behavioral component includes the observations of the leader from the followers. These leaders are very much respected for their high morals, excellent ethics, and their vision for the future. Inspirational Motivation, is where the leaders motivate the followers to become involved in a shared vision. Team spirit is very much in use in this kind of leadership. Expectations are high, but the pep talks build more than enough motivation for achievement. Intellectual Stimulation stimulates the followers to be creative and think out on their own. The leader is supportive of the followers new approaches to dealing with organizational issues and engagement in problem solving. Individualized Consideration acts as more of a personalized leadership. Leaders provide supportive climates and assist followers through challenges. Through only observation, I have seen Idealized Influence. I saw only observation because the second I read about it, it made me think of Sean Bean's character in Game of Thrones, Ned. Ned Stark is the epitome of this factor. He hold high standards in morality and ethics, he strives to do right in everything he is involved, and inspires not only his children but others to follow (or at least acknowledge) his strong leadership. It is shown from the very moment you meet his character in the first episode. After they catch a deserter from the Wall, he explains to his sons that the one who gives out the sentence must be the man that swings the sword. Since Ned knows deserters must be executed, he is the one who does it. His honor and ethics follow him to the end of his character. In experience, I have dealt with inspirational motivation. When I was involved in theatre, the company was eager to do well. Everyone wanted to be the best that they could be, individually. Before every performance and competition, our director would give us each a letter with words of encouragement. After we read our letters, we would be gathered together to have a group pep talk. Following that, we were all inspired to become one fluid story, to not only better ourselves, but to help others in the company become great. The main difference between transformational and transactional leadership is that one is a complete give and take and the other is more emotionally involved. Transactional leadership deals in resulted outcomes, like receiving an A for an essay you submitted; while transformational goes beyond resulted outcomes. The leader gets invested in the followers, and they try to raise the level of morality and motivation of both parties.