Saturday, March 24, 2012

Catch-22 of Charisma

Historically, charismatic leadership has not been very advantageous. And a brief look at the past can substantiate this claim. The worst examples include Franco, Mussolini and Hitler during the World War Two, whose paranoid visions and prejudices cost some 50 million lives, along with six million Jews. Leaders gain immense popularity, but eventually misuse their power.
We will go by the definition of charismatic leadership that comes from Max Weber’s “Tripartite Classification of Authority” in which he defines charismatic leadership as: "a certain quality of an individual personality, by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at least specifically exceptional powers or qualities.”

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