Glossary Term: Transactional Leadership

Definition

Transactional leadership is the style of leadership that focuses on supervision, organization and performance. This is an integral part of a full-range leadership model.

What are some characteristics of a transactional leader?

Some characteristics of transactional leadership are being opposed to change, focused on short-term goals favoring structured policies and procedures and thriving on following rules and doing things correctly.

Why transactional leadership is important?

Transactional leaders watch followers carefully to enforce rules, reward success, and punish failure. Research shows, however, that this does not act as a catalyst for growth and change within an organization. Instead, they are focused on maintaining this as they are and enforcing current rules and expectations.

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