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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.

The Shadow Side of Charisma
The shadow side of charisma

Although we have emphasized throughout this volume the positive face of charismatic leadership, it has at times produced disastrous outcomes for both followers and organizations. In this chapter, we will examine the categories of problems that are associated with it. A number of the more widespread problems associated with charismatic leaders are tied to skill deficiencies. As individuals, charismatic leaders appear to be more adept at change and innovation than at administration. As a result, they often lack the ability or desire to focus on tasks related to effective management. They may invest little of their time and attention in designing effective control systems, establishing performance standards, or structuring roles and responsibilities. These activities simply appear ...

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