Charismatic and Toxic Leadership

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Charismatic and Toxic Leadership
Dr Ray Chatwin, Lecturer, United Kingdom

The difference between a charismatic leader and a toxic leader (Lipman-Blumen) can be a narrow one. The recent banking crisis has shown us that a narrow circle of charismatics can sweep others into unethical patterns of behaviour and excess causing immense damage. It must not happen again.
Minztberg's new book 'Managing' argues for a return to 'management'. Zaleznik's original distinction between leadership and management has not served us well in the practical sphere.
Let's see an end to the cult of 'leadership'.

Negative Impact of Charismic Leaders
yogesh, Consultant, India
Well such type of leadership is most commonly observed in religious gurus. It is unfortunate that specially in India people have blind faith in gurus and nobody objects or raises any query against any religious matter. Ultimately such people take disadvantage of people's wrong (blind) trust. And they become strong financially and politically also. And they serve little to society and they have a very negative impact on society.
Their charisma is such that they are able to do illegal things with ease.

Management versus Leadership
Jolanta Sz, Professor, Poland
For years I am fighting to differentiate once and for good those two activities and I do not understand why so many scholars and others mix them up or even use those terms as synonymous. Management is a formal function-once one is promoted to such position he/she is a manager as long as those who promoted him/her want to. And leadership is informal-one can be a leader only and as long as his/her followers want to see in such person the leader..Very rarely a manager is also a leader..Sometimes it happens but more often one holds his/her formal position without being perceived by others as a leader...



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