Charisma Revived



Until recently, the subject of charisma has suffered from a serious lack of attention. Stodgill’s Handbook of Leadership, published in 1959, combed through 5,000 studies, but only a dozen of them referred to charismatic leadership. And in spite of the great body of literature on leadership in organizations, the charismatic, as a particular type of leadership, was given scant attention until the second half of the 1980s. In the mid-1970s, a growing number of scholars began to explore leadership in relation to organizational issues, and the research focus shifted from leadership in general to a special kind of leadership, one that is exceptional and extraordinary.


Transformational Leadership Goal Attainment Charismatic Leadership Leadership Theory Transactional Leadership 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Chan Institute of Social StudiesAp Lei ChauHong Hong

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