Transformational Leaders Post Series [3 of 3]

A fruit vendor by the name Mohamed Bouazizi died after setting himself on fire which became a symbol of defiance in Tunisia. Now why would this man be a transformational leader? He was embarrassed by a woman inspector of noise complaints, building issues and handing out tickets and what nots to vendors like Bouazizi. Giving Bouazizi an issue by trying to take his fruit, when he tried to wrestle her for her to return said fruit she humiliated him by slapping him in the face. After this incident he was embarrassed and tried to go to the governor’s house and get his fruit back when denied by being beaten for such a request. Bouazizi chose a busy two-way street at noon and drenched himself in paint thinner and lit himself aflame. Doctor’s treated his 90% wounded body but he died January 4th in 2011. “This incident immediately triggered street protests that started over Mr. Bouazizi’s treatment in Sidi Bouzid and then spread to cities throughout the country. The blood of this martyr brought about a revolution in Tunisia and drove the dictator away from the nation.” [6]

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela whom will be the last transformational leader mentioned for this blog series. “Mandela was an anti-apartheid activist, and the leader of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC).” [7]

WORKS CITED for all three posts

[1] Langton, N., Robbins, S. P., & Judge, T. A. (2010). Organizational Behaviour: concepts, controversies, applications. Toronto: Prentice Hall.

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Famous_Five_%28Canada%29

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln#Assassination

[4] http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html

[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks

[6] http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/7962888-slap-in-the-face-of-a-poor-vegetable-vendor-set-off-a-revolution-in-tunisia

[7] http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1993/mandela-bio.html

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