Charismatic Leaders are Trait-driven: Neo-charismatic Theory of Leadership

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Charismatic Leaders are Trait-driven: Neo-charismatic Theory of Leadership
Frederick Price, Member
A trait is a tendency you have most probably inherited although it could have been learned.
A behavior is an action.
Here is an example. Let's say you get impatient in traffic. That is a trait. Once you yell at somebody, that is a behavior. You can hide your unpleasant traits, but not your unpleasant behaviors.
Charismatic leaders are trait-driven. They have characteristics that most of us just don't have. While a debate exists as to whether those traits can be learned, my feeling is that you either have charisma or you don't.

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David Wilson, Premium Member
Are charismatic leaders power wielders or power yielders? Can they be positive and negative leaders? If there is a difference and I think there is, what drives the differences? Are there traits that are similar between the two groups?

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Frederick Price, Member
I would say that charismatic leaders are power wielders. They are driven to their own personal mission and draw others to them to buy into it. It is a matter of control by means of persuasion. The follower fully agrees with the leader's mission. Leaders can be positive or negative. Dr. Martin Luther king used rampant racism to draw a following. Adolf Hitler took advantage of German nationalism over having lost the war. One was positive; one negative. But both used the sentiments of the people to rise to prominence.



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