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Transformational leadership has been the topic of hundreds of articles and books over the past 20 years. It has been thoroughly researched empirically, however with every study more question are brought to light. It is crucial to know the elements required for a leader to be truly transformational. This paper takes the opinions of what Bass believes are the essential elements to create another opinion. Also, the environment where a transformational leader is most effective is also evaluated. Through the analysis of several empirical studies and related research it has been concluded that the essential elements of a transformational leader are Individualized Consideration, Charisma, Intellectual Stimulation, Emotional Intelligence, Ethical Values, Moral Character, and Integrity. Additionally, from the information that was gathered, it is concluded that the Team Based influence approach is the most effective method of the 5 methods that were studied.