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A Teaching Topic in Leadership

Charismatic Leadership

This teaching topic deals with the theory and characteristics of charismatic leadership.   

Recommended Reading (Harvard MLD-101B)

Aung San Suu Kyi: “Icon of Hope” in Burma (A) (HKS case C15-03-1685.0)

Wikipedia explanation of Max Weber’s classic three bases of authority: Charismatic, Traditional, and Rational/Legal

Kets de Vries, M. (1988). Origins of charisma: Ties that bind the leader and the led. In J. A. Conger & R. N. Kanungo (Eds.), Charismatic leadership: The elusive factor in organizational effectiveness (pp. 237-252). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Weber, M. (1947). The theory of social and economic organization (A. M. Henderson & T. Parsons, Trans.). New York: Oxford University Press. Note: See section on The Types of Authority and Imperative Coordination (pp. 324-423).

Kohut, H. (1985). On leadership. In C. B. Strozier (Ed.), Self Psychology and the Humanities: Reflections on a New Psychoanalytic Approach (pp. 51-72). New York: W. W. Norton.

Source: MLD-101B Syllabus from (accessed 23 January 2013)

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