Elon Musk: Charismatic Leadership

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Charismatic leadership is theory that states that followers make attribution of heroic or extraordinary leadership abilities when they observe certain behaviors. Charismatic leadership can transform organization by motivating subordinates to higher level of commitment and performance. Charismatic leader can be inspiring them with an appealing vision and influence their subordinates. They have specific traits such as dominance, an ardent desire to influence others and self-confidence. Elon Musk is a charismatic leader. His quotes “Just work like hell. If other people are putting in 40-hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100-hour work weeks, even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them …show more content…
This dark side can increase the risk level to organization and threaten the well-being of subordinates. Many charismatic but corrupt leaders have allowed their personal goals to override the goals of their organization. They used organization resources for their personal benefit and violate laws and ethic. If charisma is the power, then that power can be used for good or for bad. They can used the power to convince the followers for achieve their personal goals.
There are three ways leader can influence others which is force, reason, or charm. Where is force and reason are rational even when we are “forced” to do something, we obey for a good reason. But, charm is not. Charm is based on emotional manipulation and, as such, it can trump any rational assessment and bias our views. Charismatic leaders influence by charm rather than reason and when they run out of charm they tend to revert to
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Elon musk probably are optimism to get allegiance among his subordinates. He may use any ways to get a loyalty and trust from his workers. If he did not get this allegiance, maybe he will just throw out that’s person. He is not okay with the relationships. He is so obsessed with his work and leadership that he wants to be a leader everywhere. It's said that he even whispered to his first wife during their wedding, "I am the alpha in this relationship." Elon musk will use his power to get allegiance because he is bad in build a good relationship. Fifth, charismatic leaders sometimes go from confident to arrogant, from bold to excessive in their risk taking. Elon believes no one can come to his level of intelligence. He may alienate his follower to take all the credit for their success. The success of a leader is because of his subordinates. Because of this dark side of charismatic leadership, he will fail to develop successors. Elon musk may not train his subordinates to create leadership in their personality to replace his

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