Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Norma C Noonan

Second Advisor

Katherine A Tunheim


Transformational leadership has been studied extensively since initially conceptualized as transforming leadership in 1978 by James MacGregor Burns. Later theorist built on Burns' ideas, and transformational leadership has become one of the most extensively studied theories of Ieadership. Understanding transformational leadership theory is a key factor to applying the theory in the workplace. The case studies compiled for this Plan B paper investigate 10 leadership consultants from the Twin Cities area. Some of these leadership consultants may have formally studied transformational leadership theory while others intuitively possess transformational leadership characteristics in their work. With the information gathered from personal interviews with these leadership consultants, I shall explore to what extent transformational leadership is applied consciously by the Ieadership consultants as it relates to their consulting work.


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