The term "leadership" usually evokes images of great warriors, politicians, or social figures that saturate the pages of a history textbook. However, these are pre-conceived notions of the term. Leaders are those who exercise influence, be they soldiers, politicians, or even artists such as writers and musicians. One such leader is author and apologist C.S. Lewis. Lewis spoke to his generation (and many subsequent ones) in his texts. Through Lewis, many have achieved a greater understanding of literature, spirituality, and human nature. His words have, in essence, transformed the minds of readers.
Transformational leadership is desired because it performs what is implied in its title: it transforms others. Transformational leaders increase both motivation and morality in their followers. They lead with conviction, ultimately empowering followers to become leaders. Bass (1985) posits that transformational leaders exhibit four qualities: idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration.
Upon exploring transformational leadership theory, it is evident that C.S. Lewis exhibits all four qualities of a transformational leader. Lewis has led many from the desert of spiritual ambiguity into a better understanding of God and of ourselves. His words still resonate in culture and demonstrate the lasting influence of his legacy.
"C.S. Lewis as Transformational Leader,"
Inklings Forever: Published Colloquium Proceedings 1997-2016: Vol. 8
, Article 9.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/inklings_forever/vol8/iss1/9