Portrait of a transformational leader : the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr



McGuire, David and Hutchings, Kate (2007) Portrait of a transformational leader : the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 28 (2). pp. 154-166. ISSN 01437739

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper explores the leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in relation to four characteristics of transformational leadership Methodology: It draws upon excerpts from archival sources of personal correspondence and statements by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stored at the King Center, Atlanta, Georgia. Findings: The research finds that Dr. King personified the four characteristics of transformational leadership. It also illustrates King’s leadership legacy through modern works on leadership. Practical Implications: The analysis presented assists our understanding of the qualities of and the way we think about, transformational leaders. It emphasises the importance of building follower confidence; challenging taken-for-granted assumptions; developing follower needs and upholding high moral values.

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Additional Information: The first author acknowledges the support of the Irish American Fulbright Commission in supporting his postdoctoral research undertaken at the Department of HRD, Oakland University, USA. He also acknowledges the support of the King Center, Atlanta, Georgia, and in particular the assistance of Cynthia Lewis and Elaine Hall.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Martin Luther King, leadership, transformation, change
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Business, Enterprise & Management
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2009 12:43
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:54
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/260

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