3 Leadership—Charismatic or Inspiring? An Inquiry into Regressive and Developmental Forms of Leadership

Jon Stokes

DOI: 10.4324/9781003265122-3

Charismatic and inspiring leadership have fundamentally different effects on their followers. While charismatic leadership is primarily focused on the person of the leader, and their success, inspiring leadership focuses on the followers and their development. The term charismatic has been applied to very diverse leaders, in political arenas, in religious and social movements, and in business organisations. Weber (1947) defines charisma as “a certain quality of an individual personality by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at ...

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