Charismatic leadershipdefined “by virtue of which he set apart from other men and treated endowed with supernatural, super human, or at least specifically exceptional powers or qualities” Max Weber
Charismatic leadershipdefined A leader that has a special quality whose purposes, powers and extraordinary determination differentiate them from others. It’s a positive and compelling quality of a person that makes many others want to be led by that person. Andrew J Durbin 0.00
Charismatic authority BEST emerges when: YOU HAVE AN EXTRAORDINARILY GIFTED PERSON THERE’S A SOCIAL CRISIS OR SITUATION A SET OF IDEAS PROVIDES A SOLUTION TO THE CRISIS THERE ARE FOLLOWERS ATTRACTED TO THE LEADER THE LEADER PRODUCES SOME SORT OF SUCCESS
charismatic leadershipHow the theory works CHARM AND PERSONALITY ATTRACTS FOLLOWERS BY MAKING THEM FEEL SPECIAL ADJUSTS APPROACH TO SUIT THE ENVIRONMENT ATTRACT FOLLOWERS THROUGH COMMONALITY SHARED SYSTEM OF BELIEFS AND VALUES USE OF EMPATHY, COMPASSION AND UNDERSTANDING
THE CHARISMATIC LEADERS STRENGTHS STRENGTH OF PERSONALITY STRONG VISION SKILLED COMMUNICATOR ATTRACTS FOLLOWERS THROUGH STRONG EMOTIONS USE EMOTIONS TO CREATE POWERFUL BONDS STRONG STAGE PRESENCE SHARES THE SPOTLIGHT WITH A “HIGHER POWER”
Weaknesses the list goes on: Substitution of excitement for substance: Leaders may spend much of their time inspiring those within the organization and advocating the cause to the public. Such an emphasis, while effective, may result in ignoring important tasks. Unawareness of fundamentals: Charismatics may lead organizations to great heights, only to see their success jeopardized by their neglect of the orderly approach.
Disregard of people's needs: They single-mindedly pursue their dreams, often living ascetic lifestyles. They can forget that others haven't reached their level of dedication. Thus, they may overlook people's everyday needs.
Erratic, impetuous, and over stimulated behavior. Many charismatics live in a field of dreams. Their minds are over flowing with visions of creative change, opportunities, and hopes. Employees can't put these ideas into practice fast enough to keep pace. The Leader can stir up more to do in a week than can be done in a year.
Weaknesses the list goes on:
Alienation of valuable team members: The qualities that attract some may repel others. The people who are turned off by too strong a personality are often those most needed by the organization.
Denial of personal limitations: Human beings developed organizations because groups can accomplish some things better than individuals working alone. Charismatic leaders tend to forget this fact. Though they preach synergy, in reality, the practice is rare.
Arrogance: Arrogant people are so convinced they're right that they don't see alternatives. They begin to feel infallible. Charisma, with its sense of authority, and power, creates arrogance and a great need for visibility. As an Example, think the Greatest Fighter of all Time, Muhammad Ali .
Real world application A Charismatic leader creates an environment full of energy and positive reinforcement. Charismatic leaders inspire and encourage others to be their best. Charismatic leadership is great for short-term projects. Charismatic leaders are great for projects requiring energy and talent. Who…What…When…Where…Why…and How