MGT 380 Week 2 DQ 1&2,
Transformational leaders have great influence on their followers. In fact, that is one of behaviors of transformational leadership. According to our textbook, “Transformational leaders influence, inspire, move, and literally transform followers to achieve organizational goals beyond their self-interests (Burns, 1978), thus initiating and bringing about positive change,” (Weiss, 2011, p.51). There are four behaviors of transformational leadership. They are idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration. Idealized influence is the charisma that can inspire followers, (Weiss, 2011). They will want to be like their leader filled with charm and will likely follow him/her because of that charm. Inspirational motivation is exactly what it sounds like. The leader will be able to inspire their followers toward completion of goals. Intellectual stimulation excites followers by pushing them to think outside of the norm. According to our textbook, “Intellectual stimulation can include such leadership behaviors and practices as brainstorming, challenging the beliefs and norms of the group to innovate and be creative, promoting critical thinking and problem solving to make the organization better, and persuading and proposing new and even controversial ideas to followers without fear of punishment or ridicule,” ( Weiss, 2011, p.54). A leader with intellectual stimulation does not fear change, but rather embraces and encourages it.
Let us imagine for a moment a rookie police officer who is paired with a veteran police officer for his first partner experience. The rookie police officer’s desire is to emulate his training officer and seeks his approval. While learning the ropes, the veteran police officer explains that he accepts dirty money in exchange for ignoring the actions of a neighborhood street gang. The rookie is faced with an ethical dilemma. He knows he will be ostracized for his refusal to accept the dirty money; he just cannot bring himself to break his code of ethics. He chooses to report the veteran officer and begins to pay close attention to the street gang providing the dirty money. He chooses to lead others by his own decision. He is ostracized in the beginning. However, several officers, led by his example, no longer fear standing on their ethical code, and the department starts to change.