ERIC Number: ED225966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Oct-20
Reference Count: 0
Toward a New Paradigm in Staff Development: Transformational Leadership.
Clatworthy, F. James
Transformational leadership, an innovative learning model, grows out of the recognition that the learner's coordinate system is influenced by a variety of time, place, and person variables. The concept of a tetradigm, which graphically illustrates this model, is symbolized by an equilateral triangle within a larger equilateral triangle with the base on the top and the apex at the bottom, thus creating four equal triangles within the perimeter of the model. The tetradigm concept is useful in dealing with highly divergent problem situations in human orgnizations where there are a wide range of values, experience, personalities, and styles of leadership. In forming a human potentiality model for staff development, the tetradigm's central triangle bears the label "development"; the three adjacent triangles represent the concepts of democracy, community, and humanism. The process of transformational leadership begins with the premise of the potentiality tetradigm as a general guide. All stakeholders in the educational organization meet to discuss how they would interpret the interactions of the concepts within the tetradigm and what specific interpretations they would add. It is the democratic participatory nature of the process which moves the whole policy guidance system through its humanistic and community aspects and into the developmental phase as various levels are coordinated; diversity recognized and reconciled; and the goal of development for individuals, group, or community is both internalized and eventually externalized. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the Staff Development Council (Detroit, MI, October 20, 1982).