Peter Drucker on Charismatic Leadership

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Peter Drucker on Charismatic Leadership
Warren Miller, CFA, CPA, Other, United States

In the late 1980s, I watched an hour-long interview with Peter Drucker. He was asked what he thought of 'charismatic leadership.' I will paraphrase his reply because I've referred to it many times in the last 20+ years, especially since jan. 20, 2009. In one sentence, he demolished the whole construct. Here's approximately what he said:
charismatic leadership is non-leadership because the charisma of the leader blinds his followers to the absence of substance in his message... Until it's too late.
Every time I hear a CEO or other individual referred to as a "charismatic leader," I (1) duck and (2) put my hand on my wallet. charisma is incredibly dangerous stuff. It ranks right up there with the kool-aid quaffed by Jim Jones's deranged followers in Jonestown.
There is a line between charismatic leadership and inspirational leadership. The former is, indeed, all about the leader. We've seen a continuous reminder of that since jan. 20, 2009. It's scary.

Differentiate between "Charisma" and Root "Charism" in Leaders
Vincent Miholic, Manager, United States
Its useful to differentiate between "charisma" and root "charism" when were talking about the influence of gifts, love, and grace. Yes, every leader should possess them. In fact, every author from Gordon to Kouzes and Posner settle on love (of others & passion) as the foremost hallmark of leadership.



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