The Tripartite Classification of Authority. Explanation of Charismatic Leadership of Weber and others. ('22)
What is Charismatic Leadership? Description
Charismatic Leadership is defined by Max Weber as "resting on devotion to the exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained by him". He defines Charisma 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. These are such as are not accessible to the ordinary person, but are regarded as of divine origin or as exemplary, and on the basis of them the individual concerned is treated as a leader (...). How the quality in question would be ultimately judged from an ethical, aesthetic, or other such point of view is naturally indifferent for the purpose of definition".
Charismatic people have a remarkable ability to distill complex ideas into simple messages ("I have a dream"); they communicate by using symbols, analogies, metaphors and stories. Furthermore they relish risk and feel empty without it, they are great optimists, they are rebels who fight convention, and they may seem idiosyncratic.
Charismatic leaders are pictured as organizational heroes or magic leaders
who have the social
power basis to orchestrate turnarounds, launch new enterprises, inspire
organizational renewal, and obtain extraordinary performance from organizational
members. These leaders inspire trust, faith and belief in themselves. Of course
none of this is a guarantee that the mission will be correct, ethical, or
Origin of the Charismatic Leadership model. History
German Sociologist Max Weber distinguished back in the 1920's three ideal types of leadership, domination and authority:
Robert House (1977) used four phrases to define charismatic leadership:
Conger & Kanungo (1998) describe five behavioral attributes of Charismatic Leaders:
Most recently charisma is being characterized as theatrical (Gardner & Alvolio, 1998): charismatic leadership is an impression management process enacted theatrically in acts of framing, scripting, staging, and performing. Compare also: EPIC ADVISERS.
Usage of the Charismatic Leadership style. Applications
Steps in Charismatic Leadership approach. Process
Jay Conger (1989) proposed the following four-stage model of charismatic leadership:
Strengths of Charismatic Leadership style. Benefits
Limitations of Charismatic Leadership style. Disadvantages
Compare with Charismatic Leadership: EPIC ADVISERS | Seven Surprises | Leadership Styles | Hagberg Model of Personal Power | Leadership Continuum | Level 5 Leadership | Servant-Leadership | Path-Goal Theory | Theory X Theory Y | Bases of Social Power | Seven Habits | Results-Based Leadership | Situational Leadership | Ashridge Mission Model | Framing | Crisis Management