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  • Subject index

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.

The Leader's Search for Opportunity
The leader's search for opportunity

Setting direction is one of the primary roles of leadership. To be effective at this activity, the leader must be adept at perceiving not only environmental opportunities but also obstacles that stand in the way. Failure to do so will result in failed ventures and follies that discredit the leader. The leader must then be able to translate these opportunities into organizational goals and enlist organizational members in their achievement. In the enlistment process, the leader must be capable of realistic assessments of followers' needs and abilities and must ensure that targeted opportunities offer rewards meaningful enough to garner follower commitment and task efforts. Charismatic leadership is no exception to these fundamental requirements of leading others.

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