Are You A Charismatic Leader?
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 2 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-2-February-2007
“Charisma is the result of effective leadership, not the other way around.” – Warren Bennis and Burt
When you look at leaders like Alexander the Great, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, John F. Kennedy,
Vladimir Lenin and Barrack Obama they all have one common style of leadership – charismatic
leadership. They stand out from the pack of leaders because of their extraordinary qualities that are
rarely found among leaders. For instance, the solders of Alexander blindly followed him because of his
charismatic leadership. The soldiers marched towards victory during Second World War under the
charismatic leadership of Winston Churchill. Similarly the Germans were inspired with the vision of
Adolf Hitler. The Americans were influenced with the charismatic leadership of John F. Kennedy who
gave a clarion call ‘don’t ask what the nation gave you; rather ask yourself what you will give back to
your nation’. Although Barrack Obama is relatively young, people trusted and voted him as the
President of America because of his charismatic leadership.
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