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Charismatic Leadership and Society

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Professional Development, and Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia serdang, Selangor, 43400, MALAYSIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (1), Pages 68-73, January,14 (2015)


Charismatic leadership is one of the most influential types of leadership in society, establishing an unshakable bond between the charismatic leader and his followers, who will follow and go where he directs without question, in pursuit of a common desired goal. However, despite the obvious importance of the charismatic leadership topic, there has not been much attention paid to it. This paper shows how the charismatic leader has the power to convince individuals to sacrifice their personal gain, even their lives, for the common goal and commit themselves to an omniscient god-like leader who knows the best for them and for society. To address this issue, the definitions and characteristics of charismatic leaders are reviewed. Identifying the underlying reasons for the followers’ unique trust in charismatic leaders will lead us to an understanding of how such a bonding relationship between followers and leader can result in the elevation of society or its destruction.


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