Powell, once viewed as a strong contender to become the first black presidential nominee, said that while he deeply respects McCain, Obama "is a transformational figure" who is right for the times to restore America's credibility around the world(Military.com)
So what is "Transformational Leadership"?
Developed initially for political leaders by James McGregor Burns in the late 1970s, it was eagerly adopted for business leadership. It has four components: Charisma or idealized influence, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation and individualized consideration. Being charismatic is like having sex appeal. It's having a dynamic, energetic and commanding presence. We idealize such people. (Transformational Leadership in Business Management)
Note in this definition, the complete absence of the words "morality", "ethics", and "competence". Let's look at a few other leaders who fit the definition of transformational leaders:
Kim Il Sung
I shouldn't even have to label this one.
Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Change your affiliation, Colin. You're dead to me.