And that's great. These are heroes. They are the great leadership artists of history. Lincoln, Ghandi, Einstein, DeGaulle. Get the picture? They are GREAT men, and sometimes women, too. Great, huh?
My only issue with they way these leaders are described is that they are so big, so great, that it makes it seem almost impossible and irrelevant for me to even give it a shot. Here's a vote for dry, academic literature: give me something that let's me decide what to think about these leaders. I understand that they were great, but the point should be, I believe, putting more and more everyday leaders on their feet. Not the big guys, the little guys. The little leaders that don't do GREAT things, but do good, ordinary things that help keep the rest of us willing to do the same.
You can apply the principles of transformational leadership anywhere, just don't be put off by the description of someone else's magnificent deeds. Do your deeds of leadership, they are compact and magnificent in their own way, and just as important.