Characteristics Of Charismatic Leadership

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Charismatic Leadership Author Name University name The word "charisma" comes from the Greek language (χάρισμα (khárisma)) and means “favor freely given.” It goes back to the word “Graces” or “Charites” (Χάριτες), which in Greek mythology was the name for three goddesses of beauty and grace. Even in ancient Greece people with charismatic qualities, were considered as favored by the gods who helped their chosen ones to achieve extraordinary success. Charisma is the magnetic force emitted by the person, the art of fascinating the others. This explains why the opinions of people on about who has charisma and who has not are so different. The people who bring a feeling of comfort with them and whose words inspire everyone around are certainly endowed with charismatic qualities. However, each person perceives others individually. The more similarities a person finds on an emotional level with the other person the more the first one perceives the other as charismatic. If a person is sympathetic, if there is a sense of spiritual intimacy, the partners feel more willing to have transparent and sincere relations. Of course, at the same time a person can be easily influenced particularly by the enthusiasm and motivation. Max Weber, one of the most known German sociologist was among the first whose works dealt with charisma and charismatic leadership. In his works, he argued, “charisma is an ascribed feature” (Winkler, 2010), which means that if the admirers of a
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