First, I’d like to start with the definition of transformational leadership, which is: it serves to change the status quo by appealing to followers’ values and their sense of higher purpose. Transformational leaders engage with followers and create a connection that raises the level of motivation and morality in both the leader and the follower (PSU, L. 10, page 3).
- Vision: transformational leaders are future-oriented.
- Rhetorical Skills: transformational leaders are talented at sharing their visions.
- Image and trust building: transformational leaders build trust in their followers through an image of self-confidence, moral conviction, personal example, and self-sacrifice.
- Personalized Leadership: transformational leaders share strong, personal bonds with followers (Leidner, 2012).
Lincoln showed all of these traits very well. He knew how to motivate people and how to lead them in the right direction.