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The leadership development taboo: Developing charismatic leadership

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Keywords: Charismatic leadership, charisma, emotion, moral emotion, followers, leader attributes

At least in terms of leadership development, the idea of charismatic leadership has waxed and waned over the years and has definitely been the poorer relation to other forms of leadership, such as transformational and servant leadership.

In terms of peer reviewed research publication volume, there is a stark disparity between the types of leadership:

Part of the problem has been that it is difficult to define what charismatic leadership actually means and, as a result of this lack of definition, many researchers and practitioners have called into question whether the idea of charisma is useful when thinking about leadership.

A new study by a team of researchers from the University of California and Claremont McKenna College in California has looked again at the issue of charismatic leadership to try to find out what attributes contribute to the idea of being ‘charismatic’ and to find out whether the idea of charismatic leadership has any currency.

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