TransformationalLeadership: A useful tool for teachers in identifying and influencingthe performance of students.
Teachingwill only become a success if the information being transmitted getsto the learners at the fastest and most efficient manner. The teacheris responsible for all the activities that take place in a learningcenter or class and it is upon him or her to implement strategiesthat maximize the ability and potential of students to be realized.As a leader, the teacher is under an obligation to make the learningenvironment conducive for students by putting in place a kind ofleadership that will motivate and encourage learning and greaterunderstanding of the knowledge under study. Many leadership stylesexist and applicable in different situations depending on thecircumstances and the intended goals. However, given theteacher-student relationship as far as learning is concerned,transformational leadership becomes more applicable to advanceknowledge at synthesis level.
Transformationalleadership involves a leader setting a strategy aimed at developinghis or her followers and taking care of their needs. The teachertakes the initiative to identify the specific needs and any changerequire, developing a strategy to effect the change hence inspiringand motivating the willing members of the class. On the other hand,synthesis stage of Bloom`s Taxonomy of Educational ObjectivesCognitive Domain is an advanced stage that is aimed at ensuring thatstudents can be able to relate different ideas and Pease ofinformation to be able to communicate. How can transformationalleadership use to achieve this noble task? Is the leadership stylethe best to be able to implement and realize the intended objective?What specific step should be implemented to make sure thattransformation leadership enable the students gain knowledge at thesynthesis level? (Hallinger, P, 2003).
Tosupport my thesis, I am planning to carry out a survey with my ownstudent and also seek the input from my colleagues in the teachingprofession. Teachers who use a different leadership styles will alsobe handy in that they will provide a benchmark on which theperformance of my students will be rated. I would also have to reviewall the kind of leadership in briefly stating where each isappropriate, their merits and demerits so that it is possible tounderstand why transformational leadership is the most favorable inimparting knowledge.
Thekind of sources that I am planning to use is scholarly journals, boththe printed and those found in the vast internet database. Theinternet sources would be mostly is preferred because they are easy,cheaper, and effective not to mention that the source provideup-to-date information. Primary source of information will be used.This will emanate from the experiment I would carry out with thestudents in my class. Having a wide network of teachers around, Iwould also use the information from them on their experience withteaching at this level of knowledge and their specific leadershiptechniques.
Thegreatest motivation to pursue this is because I have learnt of thepoor leadership in learning which have a huge impact on performanceby students. Some leadership styles being used in other cases areinappropriate. Transformational leadership includes identifying thespecific needs of students and developing a strategy for ensuringthat the needs of these students are accomplished. For instance, as ateacher the students can be asked to relate information so as to findif they can be able to convey meaningful information or can structureand compile the information and forward a communication. After thisactivity, the teacher can be able to learn the weakness of thestudent and their specific strengths. The finding can help in comingup with a strategy that will be implemented in the learningobjectives. Encouraging, inspiring and motivation are the threefactors that characterize the transformational leadership style. Iwill prove, in the topic how motivation and performance are relatedand how they inspire result in the place of learning and other placesof social cognizance (Dvir, T., Eden, D., Avolio, B. J., &Shamir, B, 2002).
Theteacher, who is the leader, in this situation, is so much involved inthe process of learning. Attention is given to the specific weakelements in the class and the importance of personal attention, inthis case, is to be realized. Role modeling is a greatercharacteristic which is particularly to be emphasized. It is thisconcept of the leadership that makes transformational leadership asuperior style to other styles. The leaders lead by example and thisis what is also attributed to the high level of motivation andinspiration to the students. The students are also at liberty to tryto give suggestion on the problems to improve the learning process.The feedback mechanism in the leadership enables the teacher to fullyunderstand the needs of the students. The teacher does not exerciseauthority and mutual respect reign, hence, the students feel free toclarify, ask and confirm any issue they seem not to have understood..
Dvir,T., Eden, D., Avolio, B. J., & Shamir, B. (2002). Impact oftransformational leadership on follower development and performance:A field experiment. Academyof management journal,45(4),735-744.
Hallinger,P. (2003). Leading educational change: Reflections on the practice ofinstructional and transformational leadership. CambridgeJournal of education,33(3),329-352.