Many leaders answered the call from 1830 to 1860s to abolish slavery in America, led by free Black people such as Frederick Douglass and white supporters such as William Lloyd. Fast forward to the twenty century, many put their lives and families at risk for the liberation of a marginalized class group. Why many within the community wondered why such hate was placed on a particular group; today, many brothers and sisters should be cognizant of the spiritual and physical manifestation of slavery. Today, many salute one pioneer of the civil rights movement, the late Honorable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, born Michael King Jr on January 15th and passed at the young age of 39. Without a doubt, Dr. King assumed the lead, whether by chance or with intent, and was one of a few faces leading the Civil Rights movement.
Scholars ascribed several leadership styles to deceased leaders, including Dr. King, who might have been considered a provocateur to some during his life as opposed to a leader. However, in the 21st century, some scholars ascribed Dr. King as a transformational leader. During CPR's Moral Leadership series, CPR asked you to consider a 2019 survey by Success magazine that portends that today more than ever, a Moral leader is needed. So, on this day, CPR asks if a Transformational leader is a Moral leader. Are the attributes similar?
According to research, most transformational leaders possess attributes likened to a butterfly's stages. Transformational leaders also carry the attributes of charisma and motivation rather than just morals. Many are familiar with the Greek philosopher Aristotle. According to his theory, “leaders cannot be ‘accidentally just,’ nor can they be just if they merely appear to be serving the interests of followers when, in fact, they are not” (O’Toole, 2005, p. 203). Many in the research community support the idea that transformational leaders may possess the traits of an individual with character instead of a pseudo-transformational leader who seeks their interest. Pseudo-transformational leaders are unable to sustain their pretense. At some point, a pseudo-transformational leader will demonstrate his true character. When conducting business, you must allow your true self to emanate. If you are faking a person with character, sooner or later, your gig will be up; the only question is when and to whose detriment. The lesson here is that character cannot be faked. Instead, if you work on your character daily, you can evolve to having good character and eventually become a Moral leader.
Starting Business magazine 2020 article provided examples of businesspeople who are deemed to be transformational leaders, including:
Jeff Bezos (distribution warehouse)
Bill Gates (IT to health guru)
Billy Beane (basketball)
Ross Perot (EDS turn politician)
Reed Hastings (Netflix)
Henry Ford (Ford motors)
Steven Jobs (Apple), and
John D. Rockefeller (oil).
Can you see the common themes amongst the 'illustrious' group of leaders? Contemplating some of the attributes CPR highlighted of a Moral leader in its prior post, can you see the differences between a transformational and a moral leader? For most, it should be visible. However, if it is not apparent, please review CPR's Moral Leadership Coaching tidbits on Moral Leaders below https://youtu.be/oOqX3WdRjwQ.
Today, I salute everyone who made a positive difference in yesterday's world and those elected to lead today. If you have yet to consider Moral leadership, I encourage you to do so by viewing CPR's youtube page on evolving into a Moral Leader.