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

  Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the leadership of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in relation to four characteristics of transformational leadershipDesign/methodology/approach – The paper 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.Originality/value – 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.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2006

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • DOI:

    10.1108/01437730710726840

  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

Citation

McGuire, D. & Hutchings, K. (2006). Portrait of a transformational leader: the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership & organization development journal. 28(2), 154-166. doi:10.1108/01437730710726840

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Keywords

Leadership, Transformational leadership, Organizational change

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