Testing the notion of charismatic leadership in organizations as a 'love story'

Kenneth Parry, Stephen Kempster

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Abstract

Charisma and love are conceptually similar. Both are active or processual constructs. Hence, we have adopted the lens of narrative through which to examine charismatic leadership. We are testing the notion that charismatic leadership is a love story. Shamir and Kark's graphic rating scale was used to attempt to quantify the level of identification with definitions of love when reflecting upon the experience of charismatic leadership. Charismatic leadership was seen to be a noun more than a verb. People identified most with affection, warmth, fondness and regard. The charismatic narrative might be about the relationship with a favoured aunt rather than a conventional `love story'. Important implications for the development of leadership capability are posited.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 24th annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference (ANZAM)
Subtitle of host publicationManaging for unknowable futures
Place of PublicationGold Coast
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM)
Pages1-16
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1877040827
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference : Managing for unknowable futures - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010
Conference number: 24th
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Conference Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference
Abbreviated titleANZAM
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period8/12/1010/12/10
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Parry, K., & Kempster, S. (2010). Testing the notion of charismatic leadership in organizations as a 'love story'. In Proceedings of the 24th annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management conference (ANZAM): Managing for unknowable futures (pp. 1-16). Gold Coast : Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).