A leader has the capability to lead a group of people, or an organization, and the actions performed by this leader are the features of leadership. I understand that there are various types of leaders depending on the profession, and the people they lead. Leading can be in any of the forms such as transformational, transactional, charismatic, authentic, and servant leadership. With the decade history of various leaders and their methods of leading the group, I agree that with the change in the society, and organizations it is required to exhibit new leadership skills to make people follow the changes, to benefit the organization and community.
Transformational leadership has found its importance in the past few decades, as it gives more attention to the charismatic and affective elements of leadership (Northouse, 2012). I am certain that the transformational leadership is influenced by idealization, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individual consideration. By these factors, it is difficult to analyze as to why transformational leadership is considered as a personality trait, as the main motive of such leadership is to engage with others, and create a connection that raises the level of motivation and morality in both the leader and the follower (Northouse, 2012).
I believe there is a resemblance between servant leadership and transformational leadership, because, in both the forms, the leaders care about the personal well-being of their followers without negotiating their moral principles to achieve success. I think the other type of leadership; transactional leadership is similar to the barter system in the ancient days where the leaders extracted work from people by promising them good benefits. Authentic leadership, on the other hand, works well when the leaders and the followers come together to define the exact concerns, and the correct procedure to solve the problem. In my opinion, authentic leadership benefits the leader, the followers and the organization.
Northouse, Peter G. (2012). Leadership: Theory and Practice, 6th Edition, SAGE Publications. Print.