Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Charismatic Leaders

From my upcoming book:

"When I have decisions to make about which path to follow in my life, whether in my relationships or at work, I must constantly question my perceptions and attitudes. Am I choosing what is good for me in the long-term or am I falling under the beguiling spell of a message that is appealing to my emotional needs and my anxieties?

Charismatic leaders are "heroes of management.” It is easy to be swept away by their positive influence without paying much attention to their "dark side" and the potential harm it can do to followers and to the organization.
Because of their extreme confidence and their ability to manage perceptions, charismatic leaders can easily foster corruption in their organizations. Maciel was a master at manipulating the personality and will power of his closest collaborators."

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