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The Charismatic Leader: Behind the Mystique of Exceptional Leadership by Rabindra N. Kanungo, Jay A. Conger

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Conclusion: Patterns and Trends in Studying Charismatic Leadership

Jay A. Conger

Rabindra N. Kanungo

This book signals the beginning of a systematic scientific analysis of charismatic leadership in organizational contexts. As evidenced by the various contributions to this volume, multiple perspectives are offered to help us understand the phenomenon. The complex nature of charisma naturally leads social scientists to view it from different vantage points. As a result, there appears to be no single unified approach at this stage in our understanding. The chapters in the book reflect this reality. Thus, some chapters emphasize the behavioral dispositions and skills of leaders and followers, others emphasize the relational dynamics between leader ...

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