Leadership Creates a Compelling Vision, Translates into Action and Sustains It


  • Joyce J. C. Kiplimo Pan African Christian University




Transformational leadership emphasizes inspiring followers to go beyond self-interest and strive for higher-order needs. It's a subject of interest to many academics, practitioners, and leadership students. The study included Michelle Obama's transformational leadership as a practical example. The study aimed to explore transformational leadership, one of the most compelling approaches in leadership theory. A literature-based study method was employed, which involved an in-depth review and analysis of relevant theoretical constructs, scholarly articles, books, and other authoritative sources on transformational leadership. The study revealed transformational leadership's global relevance, alignment with higher-order needs and emphasis on ideals, inspiration, and innovation. The practical effectiveness of this approach was exemplified by Michelle Obama's initiatives, which showcased the potency of compelling vision, clear communication, and ethical commitment. The study also acknowledged the potential weaknesses, including measurement challenges and an overemphasis on the leader's personality trait. The study concluded that transformational leadership, despite its criticisms and potential weaknesses, conforms to idealized leadership models, making it effective on a global scale. The study recommended that future research and practice should maintain a nuanced understanding of transformational leadership, emphasizing global applicability and ethical commitments. Attention must also be directed toward potential weaknesses and comparative studies with other leadership approaches.

Keywords: Leadership Compelling Vision, Translates, Action, Sustains It

Author Biography

Joyce J. C. Kiplimo, Pan African Christian University

PhD student, Department of Leadership Studies, Pan African Christian University


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How to Cite

Kiplimo, J. J. C. (2023). Leadership Creates a Compelling Vision, Translates into Action and Sustains It. Journal of Human Resource & Leadership, 7(4), 21–29. https://doi.org/10.53819/81018102t30106