Transformational Leadership in Indonesian Football: A Word Frequency Analysis

Transformational Leadership in Indonesian Football: A Word Frequency Analysis

Andika SANJAYA, Swante Adi KRISNA, Tatas Bayu MURSITO

Doctoral School in Politics, Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia
School of Postgraduate Study, Faculty of Law, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia
Faculty of Medicine, Sebelas Maret University, Surakarta, Indonesia

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Sanjaya, A; Krisna, S, Mursito, T.B. (2017). Transformational Leadership in Indonesian Football: A Word Frequency Analysis. Unpublished manuscript.


Languages and the words are the gate of the minds to compose political speeches. Football has a long history of its relation with politics. To change a football in a nation, we need a transformational leader which promotes political participation. A transformational leader is someone who makes a similar language to the followers. This study uses word frequency analysis to know the similarity of the language between a leader and the followers on a micro-blogging platform. The results strengthen the similarity of both sides. But, the leader tends to actively do political communication only during political events.

Keywords: Transformational leadership, political participation, political communication, language research, word frequency analysis


The transformational leader is needed to change a bad condition into the better one. From what we have learned from the leadership of a football federation, the achievement of the national team is the most important issue. The management of the federation itself is the another thing to be solved. The transformational leader shows two important traits. The first trait is an intellectual stimulation, using a nature of collective problem-solving. The second trait is an idealized-influence behavior, being a role-model for the followers.

The leader and the followers may share the similar language about that issues. But, the transformational leader tends to listen to the followers’ aspirations and hopes during a political event. If the leader wants to get a positive image and a media coverage, he must show attention to the special issues which are not regarded as a political event. Also, the transformational leaders may use religious words to persuade their followers. In Indonesia, as a Muslim-majority country, a political communication using religious words is very common.

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