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This book not only integrates the growing body of research and theory on charismatic leadership, but also pushes back the frontiers of our knowledge by introducing new theories and insights. The authors present a comprehensive model of the charismatic leadership process. The model is documented by extensive empirical research and richly illustrated with case examples of corporate leaders.

Evolution of the Field
Evolution of the field

It is a commonplace observation that leadership plays an important role in the creation, survival, growth, and decay of organizations. Considering its importance, numerous books and articles have been written on leadership (see, e.g., Bass, 1990; Yukl, 1994) during the past half century, yet social scientists and managerial scholars started to show a genuine interest in studying the phenomenon of charismatic leadership in organizations only during the past decade. In this introductory chapter, we will look at how research on charismatic leadership in organizations has evolved over this decade. When we wrote the book Charismatic Leadership(Conger & Kanungo, 1988b) in 1988, the field was still very young. We commented at the time:

The topic has actually suffered from a ...

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