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Leadership Paper The Burns text gives us examples and insights into the other forms of leadership that exist in the world. This helps us to distinguish the difference between a president who is happy with having things the way they are and a president who seeks to change things though drastic reforms or possibly even a revolution.

The first president I mentioned falls under the title of a transactional leader. He prefers to govern under the guise of "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours."� These leaders are most of the ones that take campaign contributions and then back laws to help out the gracious donor. In the world of politics today a transactional president, or any government official, is most likely type of politician to be found in our governmental system. Many corporations also run on this type of system. Most CEOs or corporate heads gain their leadership role because they have the skills or talents to help the company make more money.

Once profits begin to fall that CEO gets replaced.

A transformational leader sees things that need a change, for the betterment of the whole society, not just a few classes of rich citizens. When one desires an example of a president who was a transformational leader, you need not look any farther back than President Franklin D Roosevelt. His idea of civil service, and the beginning of social security took a rather unstable elderly life and gave it much more security for future retirees. These ideas were not only transformational but, for the time, they were also very revolutionary.

Revolution is not necessarily grounds for a leader to be a transforming jugernaught. One example is Adolph Hitler, a leader who promised great changes for a country on the ropes. In the end he turned out...

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