Understanding key events in authentic transformational leadership development : an autoethnographic approach
Thesis (MBA)--Stellenbosch University, 2014.
The purpose of this research study is to understand the impact of key life experiences on the authentic transformational leadership development of the researcher. The document outlines the events that signify the leadership development of the researcher, from his earliest years in the fishing village of Mossel Bay, through to the tertiary years in Cape Town, to where he finds himself working for a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed corporate company. The researcher makes use of autoethnography as a research method. Narratives are used to capture life or to trigger events in a way which enables the researcher to get a better understanding of whom he has become as a leader. The researcher has reviewed positive events, as well as events which had a negative impact on his development as leader, such as the low level of involvement of the father figure during his upbringing. The narratives draw a lot from the experience of being raised predominantly by the mother and how this shaped certain transformational aspects of the researcher’s leadership profile. Furthermore, the narratives also viewed the impact of certain early interactions and experiences in the researcher’s work life which influenced the ethical development of his leadership approach. The researcher concludes with a summary of key themes that emerged during reflection of trigger events and experiences, which he hopes may contribute toward others finding their own leadership profiles.