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Transformational Leadership Consultant: A Job That Will Thrive as Companies Participate In Global Markets


The true basis of leadership was built upon a model that generated two sides of an X and Y axis. On one side is the concept of leadership that creates change through taking a process-oriented and the other as more of a relationship-oriented approach. While transactional leadership involves determining the tasks, rewarding goal achievement, and punishing failure in attaining goals, Gary Yukl and David Van Fleet argue that transformational leadership focuses on the critical human assets such as commitment and thus helps followers to effectively implement organizational changes with both efficiency and effectiveness. Just as leaders need to be both autocratic and democratic at times they also need to be both transactional and transformational at times also.

Executives recognize the importance of transformational leadership. The outcome is a success which narrows the gap between success and failure and this can be achieved by the commitment of organizational members and facilitated by a CEO acting as a transformational leader. Transformational leaders identify employee’s needs and show concern for both organizational needs and follower’s interests concurrently.

When transformational leaders show concern for the employee’s individual needs, individuals begin to contribute more commitment and they become more inspired by them to put extra effort into their work. This extra effort improves the quality of products, customer satisfaction, and impacts shareholder value and improves operational risk management.

In an effort to grasp the knowledge of executives worldwide, AESC surveyed business leaders to identify the current and new challenges by 2025. The results highlighted the significant role of leadership for organizations and confirmed that business leaders identified leadership effectiveness as one of the main areas for using an outside consultant. Martin Schubert, a partner at Eric Salmon & Partners states that companies “in technology, in industry, in financial services, even in consumer goods and life sciences, experiencing a change in their business models that are much more global, much more virtual, with diminishing hierarchies that require a different leadership type. And this drives both leadership advisory and executive search.” In light of the increased pressures of the global workplace that inspires leaders to drive effective change at the organizational level, opportunities for transformational leadership consulting grow as organizations are increasingly participating in international markets. For example, Dorota Czarnota, a Country Manager at Russell Reynolds Associates sees high potential for growing transformational leadership consulting across the globe.

AESC (2020), The Future of Executive Search and Leadership Consulting, Executive Talent, 17, pp. 4-15.

Yukl, G & Van Fleet, DD (1992) Theory and research on leadership in organizations. In Dunnette MD & Hough LM (eds), Handbook of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, vol. 3, pp. 147-197, Consulting Psychologists Press, Palo Alto, CA.


Mostafa Sayyadi Mostafa Sayyadi, CAHRI, AFAIM, CPMgr, works with senior business leaders to effectively develop innovation in companies and helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders. He is a business book author and a long-time contributor to and Consulting Magazine and his work has been featured in these top-flight business publications.  


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