Predicting and developing good transformational leaders

Research Briefing

Keywords: leader, leadership, transformational leadership, leadership development

New leaders are rarely adequately prepared before taking up the mantle of leadership. A number of previous studies have shown that many new leaders rarely understand the practice of transformational leadership as they commence their journey as leaders. Senior management and leaders require an effective leadership approach in order to engage in sound decision-making and behaviour, particularly in complex situations which are frequently distinguished by cognitive, emotional and physical overload. This is particularly the case for leaders and managers in the emergency services. Of the numerous leadership styles, a transformational leadership (together with servant leadership) style provides the most relevant and suitable leadership responses to complex situations and, in particular, with adaptive organisations.

A new study based on nursing leaders has found that few aspirant leaders understand transformational leadership or its role in creating change in complex adaptive systems. The research looks at how in increase to chances of new leaders taking on a transformational role. This briefing will be of particular interest to anyone in leadership development, executive coaching and organisational learning roles.

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