Social distance and charisma: Theoretical notes and an exploratory study

Social distance and charisma: Theoretical notes and an exploratory study The article addresses the relationship between social distance and charismatic leadership. Current theories of charismatic leadership in organizations have borrowed ideas from the literature on socially distant charismatic leaders and applied them to leadership situations that involve direct contacts between leaders and their immediate subordinates. This article argues that while social distance is not a necessary condition for charismatic leadership, there are fundamental differences between distant charismatic leadership and close charismatic leadership. The article attempts to identify these differences through a theoretical analysis of the two leadership situations and through an exploratory content analysis of interviews about close and distant charismatic leaders. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Leadership Quarterly Elsevier

Social distance and charisma: Theoretical notes and an exploratory study

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Abstract

The article addresses the relationship between social distance and charismatic leadership. Current theories of charismatic leadership in organizations have borrowed ideas from the literature on socially distant charismatic leaders and applied them to leadership situations that involve direct contacts between leaders and their immediate subordinates. This article argues that while social distance is not a necessary condition for charismatic leadership, there are fundamental differences between distant charismatic leadership and close charismatic leadership. The article attempts to identify these differences through a theoretical analysis of the two leadership situations and through an exploratory content analysis of interviews about close and distant charismatic leaders.

Journal

The Leadership QuarterlyElsevier

References

  • Path goal theory of leadership
    House, R.J.; Mitchell, J.R.
  • The social psychology of organizations
    Katz, D.; Kahn, R.L.
  • The romance of leadership
    Meindl, J.R.; Ehrlich, S.B.; Dukerich, J.M.
  • Attribution of charisma and influence to the leader: The romance of leadership revisited
    Shamir, B.

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