Charismatic Leadership Essay

2701 Words Nov 19th, 2011 11 Pages
Charismatic leader build trust and establish credibility with their followers by self-monitoring. They gain trust from their follower through visible self-sacrifice and taking personal risks all in the name of their beliefs. They use empathy and warmth in their communication with others to establish trust. Charismatic leaders also establish trust and credibility by presenting a persona of unshakeable self-confidence, strong moral conviction and constant optimistic outlook. They show commitment to their followers and the goal, appearing to place followers’ needs above their own. Furthermore, they build trust and credibility from their proven track record or created legacy. The charismatic leader inspires confidence by establishing a …show more content…
They have a strong tendency to seek change, take on high personal risk and engage in self-sacrifice.
Charismatic leaders increase their follower’s self-esteem and self-worth for two reasons. First, the vision created by the charismatic leader is based on higher-level collective values. The association with a vision of high-level collective value increases the followers’ self-esteem. The belief that the follower is helping to achieve an important goal without being concerned about individual payoff should enable high self-worth. Second, being associated with a leader who personifies higher-level values gives followers a higher self-image. Research states that working for a charismatic leader increases the subordinates' social and personal identity. Charismatic leaders express confidence in the subordinates’ abilities and communicate challenging expectations from them. This positive and reinforcing feedback helps to reinforce the subordinates' self-efficacy and results in stronger motivation.
The followers of a charismatic leader unquestionably trust the leader vision, capabilities, values, and motives. They tend to adore the leader, accept the leaders values wholeheartedly, are obedient and show strong affection towards the leader. It is also suggested that the followers' emotional attachment to the leader takes on a form of devotion, reverence, and sometimes blind faith. Researcher describes this as a

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