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Transformational Leadership in Complex Environments
Abrahm, Student (University), South Africa

I need your views on how to develop transformational leadership in a government sector, where there are messy, complex, wicked problems.
Is transformational leadership suitable to deal with wicked problems (in the state sector)?

Transformational Leadership in Complexity
Alex Dail, Management Consultant, United States
Transformational leadership can help with your situation; however, it is most effective in creating the environment you'll need when a high degree of it exists. What I mean is, that senior officers and executives alike espouse and practice it.
However, your situation sounds complex and so no single change is likely to produce the results you seek. I would also look at improving internal communication, examining the various challenges to find core problems that are spawning difficulties, and settling on a decision making process that identifies when the decision is best left to an individual (expert or leader) and when it is best addressed by a team.

Transformational Leadership as a Sole Model
Jury, Manager, Australia
Hi Abrahm, I agree with what Alex has posted and would like to add another angle that may be worth considering.
I view transformational leadership as a great overall model for managers, however I personally like to adopt a contingency perspective to underpin the model. There may be situations that we are likely to face that may require a more autocratic style, for example to modify behaviours that drift outside acceptable norms.
In line with what Alex has suggested examining the root cause of some of these challenges may lead you toward an appropriate management style to deal with the individual issue. If resolving these issues aligns and redirects toward the long term visions, then you are still operating under the 'transformational leadership' banner.

Talking About A Revolution, We All Want To Change The World
Molly OReilly, Professor, United States
The key to implementing transformative leadership is to know the culture of the environment.
I am currently in Nepal where the Government is corrupt and unethical, leaving its people in despair and suffering.
Change happens in numbers, for this to occur awareness as to how and why leadership processes are applied requires promotion for those exceedingly impacted.

Moreover, it is essential to know your audience, this situation is encumbered by an ingrained leadership style likely not open to change. Thus, your technique in promoting awareness requires keenness and support from a fresh delegation, in so much as they are our next leaders, hopefully without wickedness.


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