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

David McGuire, Kate Hutchings

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)154-166
    Number of pages13
    JournalLeadership and Organization Development Journal
    Volume28
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2006

    Keywords

    • leadership, transformational leadership, organizational change

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