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Transformational leadership – an academic case study

M.S. Rao (MSR Leadership Consultants India, Hyderabad, India)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 April 2014



The purpose is to present a case study on transformational leadership.


It adopts the 4 I's of Bernard M. Bass, the leadership researcher – individualized consideration, intellectual stimulation, inspirational motivation and idealized influence.


It emphasizes that leaders have to act according to the situation, with more emphasis on transformational leadership, for motivating their people and institutions to achieve their goals and objectives.

Practical implications

It stresses the importance of accepting feedback and making bold decisions, to ensure the longevity of an academic institution and achieve academic excellence.

Social implications

It provides an example of a passionate academic leader who leads from the front through his visionary leadership.


It describes how to turn around an educational institution through academic leadership.



Rao, M.S. (2014), "Transformational leadership – an academic case study", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 46 No. 3, pp. 150-154.



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