Transformational leaders of the century

By Priya Chetty on April 7, 2012

Transformational leaders explore hidden talents of individuals and make them perform exceedingly well.  On the other hand, they care for their followers as individuals and act genuine to them. The following examples explain how transformational leadership can bring about success in an organization.

Examples of transformational leaders

All of us might be aware of Infosys, one of the biggest Indian software multinationals. The company which was founded in the year 1981 had initially only six employees in it including its founder, Mr. Narayana Murthy. True leaders are those who get through the difficult times with flying colors. Out of six people who were initially a part of Infosys, few dropped at the initial stages when the company was in difficulty. However, Narayan Murthy made it happen through his confidence and continuous struggle against several challenges (Bhandarker and, Singh, 2011). Today Infosys has its presence all around the globe with more than one lakh employees working for it. While speaking about his success story, Narayana Murthy points out the leadership team of Infosys as the key success factor for the organizations’ dramatic growth. Narayana Murthy has become a role-model for today’s information technology professionals and entrepreneurs just by exhibiting transformational leadership. He has created a change not only in the profitability position of his organization but also the lives of many. He as a leader has added pride to the whole nation.

Vyomesh Joshi, who has won the transformational business leader of the year 2011, is yet another example. He is the Hewlett-Packard’s executive VP, in charge of Imaging and Printing Department. He has been identified as one of the most influential Indo-American leaders by fortune magazine, in the year 2005 (Sosik, 2006). He is one such individual who loves to see his followers grow. He is a down-to-earth leader and is admired by all his employees. He works towards his mission thereby making his subordinates also follow him. He says what he believes and does what he says. This makes him attain his goal as well as influence others.

Transformational leaders inspire

Transformational leaders have gained the respect and love of millions of people through their endless sacrifices and moral behavior. These leaders despite preaching their followers the values and principles have followed the same themselves in their life (Seltzer and Bass 1990).

Thus the impact created by transformational leaders is permanent and stays forever in the hearts of individuals. This makes clear that transformational leaders not only inspire people but also become a part of their lives by building long lasting relationships with them.


  • Sosik J. J (2006), Leading with character: stories of valor and virtue and the principles they teach ,IAP, USA
  • Seltzer J and Bass B M (1990), Transformational leadership: Beyond initiation and consideration, Journal of Management, pp 693−704, New York
  • Bhandarker A and, Singh P (2011), In search of change maestros, SAGE, London

Priya is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Project Guru, a research and analytics firm based in Gurgaon. She is responsible for the human resource planning and operations functions. Her expertise in analytics has been used in a number of service-based industries like education and financial services.

Her foundational educational is from St. Xaviers High School (Mumbai). She also holds MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Delhi (2008).

Some of the notable projects she has worked on include:

  • Using systems thinking to improve sustainability in operations: A study carried out in Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Kuala Lumpur.
  • Assessing customer satisfaction with in-house doctors of Jiva Ayurveda (a project executed for the company)
  • Predicting the potential impact of green hydrogen microgirds (A project executed for the Government of South Africa)

She is a key contributor to the in-house research platform Knowledge Tank.

She currently holds over 300 citations from her contributions to the platform.

She has also been a guest speaker at various institutes such as JIMS (Delhi), BPIT (Delhi), and SVU (Tirupati).