The Restructuring of a University: A Call for the Exhibition of Transformational Leadership Behaviours

By Gift Vinger.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Transformational leaders are often regarded as change agents who do not only manage change but are also the initiators thereof. One university of technology in South Africa is currently undergoing restructuring which inevitably calls upon leaders to exhibit transformational leadership behaviours with a view to initiating and managing such change effectively. The aim of this research was to establish the frequency of exhibition of transformational leadership and its behaviours and to ascertain its level amongst the middle management cohort in the university so as to determine the extent to which these leaders would be able to both initiate and manage the restructuring exercise. The research design involved administering the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ) to 51 leaders (n = 51). The results of the MLQ do confirm that even though some transformational leadership behaviours are lacking in the repertoire of some leaders, they would be able to manage and initiate the restructuring exercise successfully.

Keywords: Restructuring, Transformational Leadership, Change Agent

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 10, pp.267-286. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.440MB).

Dr. Gift Vinger

Registrar, Registrar's Division, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Gift Vinger completed both the BA and BAHons degrees cum laude as well as the University Education Diploma. In his undergraduate studies, he won several awards such as best first year male student, and best final year degree student accompanied by the Vice-Chancellor’s Gold Medal Award. He completed an MA degree at Penn State University and returned home to South Africa to resume lecturing at Vista University. He then completed an MBA with Potchefstroom University and thereafter completed a DPhil in Human Resource Management: Leadership in Performance & Change with the University of Johannesburg. He worked for Vista University as a lecturer, Assistant Campus Registrar, and Campus Registrar. He also worked as Manager: Support Services and Senior Director: General Administration at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT). He is currently Registrar at CUT. His interest lies in leadership, change management, and organisational development.


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