Charismatic Leadership is ethically neutral.
Leaders may use it for good or evil. For example, Stalin, Churchill, Roosevelt and Hitler were
all Charismatic Leaders.
It is also necessary to distinguish between the pure Charismatic and the Charismatic-
Transformational Leader. When viewing these pages and the other literature, you must infer
from the context whether the discussion is about the pure Charismatic or
Checks & Balances
Charisma does not confer wisdom
or even knowledge on the leader who possesses it. Such leaders are free from
internal conflict and have high confidence in their own ability. Their disciples also have high,
sometimes misplaced, confidence in their leader.
If the Charismatic Leader is wrong about the direction
and goals set for the organization, there is little opportunity to question or correct that
direction. There are many examples of Charismatic Leaders who take their
firms down the wrong path.
Charisma rarely sways everyone in the organization. Charisma to one follower may be arrogance
to another. Those who do not fall under the spell often work against the Charismatic Leader.
Charismatic Leaders often have trouble in the middle-management ranks of stable
organizations. People in other areas view them as threatening and dangerous. For this
reason, those with charismatic qualities should pay extra attention to the sensibilities of
their peers and superiors.