February 17, 2012

Charismatic Leaders

While going through the literature on various leadership theories, I read about the charasmatic leadership. I was really intigued by this particular leadership style. I really felt that a chrismatic leader could be really good for a company to get the employees energetic and oriented towards the company's vision and goals. The thing that really interested me was the way leader gets the employees on his side and the amount of influence he excercises over his followers. The trust and understanding he gets from his followers is very necessary for the organization to achieve its goals. This particular leadership style is not really the most democratic way of working but I feel that for the organization to be successful, it is not really necessary to have a very democratic leader. The important thing is to understand the problems of the employees, provide them the right environment to work in, and in addition make the employees realize the importance of the goals of the organization, why it is necessaary to work towards it, and why they should put their souls and heart in it. A charismatic leader achieve this really well because of his character and personality. Also, the energy levels of the leader and his risk loving nature helps the organization to think out of the box and make the leader really popular amongst the employees. A charismatic leader usually enjoys divine fellowship which is very useful as the leader gets the belief and confidence of his followers.

One of the best examples of a charismatic leader which comes first up in my mind is the Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho. He has always been a charismatic leader. If we look at the Real Madrid team, we can see how much influence he excercises over the team players. Every player just idolizes him and you can realize the achievement it is given the great players with so much egos in the squad getting together as a tam and finally coming together and looking like the side that can overthrow arguably the best side of all time, the current Bacelona team. So, this really inspires me that a charismatic leader can really commit the followers towards the vision and can cheive more than 100% from them. Possibly, more than they themselves would have thought.

That is why I feel that I wold like to try this in my own company one day and I feel that it can really reap great benefits for the organization. The thing that can be against this kind of leadership is that if it is applied for a negative vision it can be really destructive. However, if applied morally and in the right direction, I feel this can be really great for the organization.


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  1. Y-Q

    Wonderful Post and deeper understandings. “The important thing is to understand the problems of the employees, provide them the right environment to work in, and in addition make the employees realize the importance of the goals of the organization, why it is necessary to work towards it, and why they should put their souls and heart in it¡±. This grasps the key of the leadership role. But as a leader or ones who want to be leaders, it might not easy to do it. Charismatic leadership is the high-level leadership style, which is not easy to achieve. I admire your courage and your thoughts to have a try in your company one day. Wonderful post.

    18 Feb 2012, 02:51

  2. Mohammad Waseem Sandouk

    Is there such a thing as a negative vision? i don’t think so, I think visions vary in levels of being appropriate in relation to surrounding variables; such as people’s readiness for change, supporting economic factors and the like. Mind you some very inappropriate visions that seemed to be some sort of craziness proved to change the world, so don’t despair, I don’t think you could even have a negative vision.
    Unless we’re talking pure evil here, but that’s a different story.

    21 Feb 2012, 17:22

  3. Manav Gupta

    Well yes Waseem, by negative vision I meant a vision that is purely evil, that is against morals and ethics of the society! So, if a leader has that sort of a vision that will be against the interests of the society as a whole, then charismatic leadership may turn out to be destructive!

    21 Feb 2012, 20:43


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