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

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Title Portrait of a transformational leader: The legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr
Author McGuire, David; Hutchings, Kate
Journal Name Leadership & Organization Development Journal
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald
Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the leadership of Dr Martin Luther King Jr in relation to four characteristics of transformational leadership Design/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.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01437730710726840
Volume 28
Issue Number 2
Page from 154
Page to 166
ISSN 0143-7739
Date Accessioned 2010-10-22
Date Available 2011-02-15T12:54:39Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/36213
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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