Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass

Hugh Auld demonstrated Transactional theory when he would have Douglass run earns. This is because he would often pay Douglass a few cents to the dollar of what Douglass earned. If Douglass didn't work then he would be whipped which could be considered a type of incentive. This is also an example Transactional because Douglass was doing work with motives (slavery) that he did not agree with. Frederick Douglass demonstrates Transformational theory by understanding his position and taking action towards a better future. He does this by teaching himself to read and using his wit to his advantage. For instance when he befriends the white children in Baltimore in order to obtain books and information.

Frederick Douglass


Transactional/Transformational Theory

Theory Application

Book Summary

This book is a narrative of Frederick Douglass childhood and young adult life growing up as a slave and eventually escaping to New York. He was born in 1818 and raised by his grandmother, Bailey, having only seen his mother a handful of times. He was raised on a plantation in Maryland to a slave holder named Colonel Lloyd. Douglass was sent to Baltimore, after his grandmother died, and is taught to read by his new master's wife. But she is commanded to stop not to soon after by Hugh Auld, the master. However Douglass continuous to teach himself to read in secret. After much time has past Douglass begins to become more and more irritated by his masters and is sent to Edward Covey "The Slave Breaker". One day after being whipped by Edward Covey, Douglass decides that he has had enough and gets in a fight with him that lasts two hours.


Transactional Theory: This leadership theory is a "go with the flow" type of leadership. It usually revolves around exchanging rewards for performance in order to motivate. Transactional leaders do not strategically plan for the future. They often work within set established goals and for this they are often seen as managers. Transformational: This type of leadership focuses on team-building, motivation and collaboration. It also emphasizes leading by example in order to inspire a shared vision among the group. Transformational approach focuses on individual strengths and weaknesses of employees and on enhancing their capabilities.

From this book, I learned that in order to achieve you goals you must be dedicated to you convictions. Douglass did this by staying strong to his belief, standing up for himself, and perusing education. An issue in this book that I believe is still prominent in society is the pursuit for a better life. Even though we are not oppressed by masters like Frederick Douglass we still struggle to achieve a "good life". For many of us in our society, we will work our entire life in order to achieve a certain social or wealth level that will allow us to live comfortable. If this story has taught me anything it is that no matter what we achieve in life freedom and happiness can only be obtained through the mind.


After this incidence Douglass is hired out to William Freeland where he serves has his errand boy. Not soon After Douglass tries to escape but does not succeed and is then sent back to Hugh Auld. A year later Douglass attempts to escape again and this time succeeds and finds his way to New York. However even after escaping Douglass could not find peace until all oppressed people were freed. Douglass spent much of his life speaking against the cruelty of slavery as well as being a women's right activist.


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