Katniss Everdeen is a sixteen year old girl who lives in the coal mining sector of District 12 in Panem. She is an excellent hunter, archer, gatherer and trapper which helps her provide highly-valued game for the community, which has a constant threat of starvation and this makes her enormously popular. Katniss is also the sole provider for her family, since her father died in a mine explosion, and when her sister , Primrose, is chosen to take part in the Hunger Games, Katniss willingly steps forward to take her place. Her acts of defiance against the Capitol in the arena led the people of Panem to view her as the face of the rebellion and hope.
By looking at Katniss’ characteristics, it is clear that she is a ‘servant leader’ as she has the desire to serve for her District. She has no formal recognition as a leader but ends up standing up against the Capitol to show she does not want to fall into being forced to live a certain way and involves the other District 12 member, Peeta. She shows off her leadership skills when Peeta becomes injured. Katniss puts herself at greater risk of being killed when she looks after Peeta, but refuses to leave him to fend for himself- this shows off her integrity and the lengths she would go to in order to meet both needs of her and Peeta. Her approach formed a positive corporate culture and led to her becoming a role model for those from other Districts and gave them the confidence to stand up to the Capitol. Being a servant leader Katniss focuses primarily on the wellbeing of the communities, and puts the needs of others first which makes her an extremely effective leader.
Katniss also has the qualities of a ‘transformational leader’. She inspires others by standing up for their rights and having the ability to apply change. According to Burns (1978), ‘leaders and followers make each other to advance to a higher level of morality and motivation’. Katniss inspires communities to change expectations and perceptions of how they should live. She sacrificed her own life by fighting for her District and helped people gain confidence and belief in themselves that they could take over the Capitol, especially Peeta who had too much fear and lack of confidence in thinking they could go against the Capitol but with Katniss’ support in changing his views he found the confidence to fight for his rights. Katniss helping Peeta find himself shows the characteristics of a transformational leader. If Katniss would never have fought for change, other people would never have had the courage to fight against the Capitol for their rights. But also, without the people in the communities letting Katniss inspire them to change their view, a stand up against the Capitol would never have taken place.