Effect of Transformational Leadership on Followers
Transformational leaders are the ones who motivate followers to work for transcendental goals and for a higher level of self-actualizing need, instead of working towards their self-interests. The transformational leaders’ behavior affects the followers’ identification with the group/organization; this social identification affects the followers’ orientation towards collective efficacy and group cohesiveness of the group they belong. Social identity is one’s sense of belongingness as a member of social groups. A person’s social identity with her or his group enhances the collective efficacy of the group, owing to the perception of its group members that they can accomplish exceptional feats by working together. Besides, this identity makes a follower to be emotionally attached to her or his group and the group members, thereby enhancing the commitment to the task and the group pride. This paper gives the conceptual framework of transformational leadership’s impact on the followers’ collective efficacy and group cohesiveness, and the mediating effect of the followers’ social identity.
Published in Humanities and Social Sciences Review, Volume 4, No. 3, 2015 with Venkat R Krishnan
Great Lakes Institute of Management
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