The Way Out of Charismatic Leadership. Transition
D R Holmes, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
Throughout the world we are seeing charismatic leaders suffering the penalty of not quiting whilst they were ahead. The failure to implement a transition to a balanced normality always seems to be the problem.
To be a charismatic leader requires risk taking, stepping forward, making decisions, showing confidence. An ability to not dwell on the consequences of being wrong.
Once they have achieved success and gathered followers, there are few ways out of the (charismatic) leadership role, most of which involve their own death!
Even if they manage to achieve some form of benevolent dictatorship - after their death there is unlikely to be anyone living who is perceived as their equal.
I'm not knocking the usefulness of charismatic leadership in times of crisis - but the transition to a more ordered system as the crisis is resolved is essential to both the leader and the organisation.