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Moral Guardianship: Building Authentic Transformational Leaders; A Professional Military Educational Approach

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Air War College Maxwell AFB United States

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Transformational leadership is an elusive concept that has intrigued academics, drawn popular media attention, and enchanted millions of admirers as we yearn for genuine leaders. The style is very compelling, yet difficult to emulate. Unfortunately, mastering this leadership dimension does not always result in virtuous leaders nor guarantee ethical ends, ways and means in its application. Leaders often confront a fine line between moral probity and deceptive manipulation. This is especially true for strategic military leaders given their rank and power of command. Because the power of transformational leadership can attract immoral and unethical dimensions, a strong moral foundation must be established and maintained at the institutional level in order to foster the proper moral conviction required of military professionals in defense of American ideals.

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