Transformational leadership has become a central theme of modern leadership conceptions. As such, it deserves close and critical study. Therefore Michael Keeley has done us a great service in utilizing the thought of James Madison to fashion an ethical critique of this form of leadership and to repudiate its validity. My own explorations of Madison yield a somewhat different "take" on Madison and his relevance for transformational leadership. I see Madison's thought as a legitimate precursor to today's conceptions of transformational leadership, because both seek to realize the achievement of a common good. Indeed, James MacGregor Burns may have gone Madison one better; he proposes a type of leadership that has the potential to resolve a problem Madison gave up on as unsolvable: that of creating a nexus between the desires of followers and conceptions of the common good. If this is done correctly, transformational leadership can stand as a beacon for those interested in the pursuit of ethical leadership.