• Summary
  • Contents
  • 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.

Aligning the Organization Through Vision
Aligning the organization through vision

In this chapter, we explore the notion of vision as it relates to charismatic leadership. Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as the “ability to plan or form policy in a far-sighted way,” vision was a rarely used term in the literature on leadership until the 1980s. Weber himself used the terms mission, order, or normative pattern to describe the goals of the charismatic leader. Many of the changes in the business world described in our opening chapter would, however, encourage the popularization of the term by leadership researchers in the late 20th century.

Intense global competition and shortened development cycles for technology had disrupted the typical life span of corporate strategies. As a result, business leaders ...

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