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Application of Transformational Leadership in an Academic Library

Author(s): Lynn Sutton

Journal: MLA Forum
ISSN 1539-4123

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Transformational Leadership | Academic Libraries | Library Management

The library profession, like many others, has studied itself and measured its popular leadership philosophies against the prevailing theories of the time (Hendrickson, 1991; Mech and McCabe, 1998; Sheldon, 1991). The more one reads, the more the above saying rings true. And yet, after identifying a wide variety of models - charismatic leadership, moral leadership, transactional and transformational leadership, participative leadership, scientific-managerial leadership, and contingent leadership - the philosophy that resonates most deeply and the one that I have observed in myself in at least one leadership opportunity is that of transformational leadership. In this paper, I will examine the theoretical base of transformational leadership as described in the literature, give a rationale for this choice of leadership philosophy, and provide examples of how I have implemented this philosophy in practice.
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