Charismatic or Transformational Leaders

John Maxwell states that, “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
According to, “Transformational leaders are often charismatic individuals, but are not as narcissistic as pure charismatic leaders, who succeed through the belief in themselves rather than a belief in others.”
Gifford Thomas says, “It is taken for granted that charismatic leaders are transformational, but nothing can be further from the truth. Although all transformational leaders have some form of charisma, not all these leaders use their gifts for notable intentions.”
Thomas further states that “the kind of man or woman who excited his or her followers with passion, ambition, and exuberance, has the ability to work a crowd into a froth by articulating such an exciting vision of the future that there is no question as to whether it made sense or was strategically sound. The truth is, many leaders dubbed as charismatic are not really transformational at all.”
According to Gibson eat al., charismatic leadership is described as the ability to influence others based on a supernatural gift and attractive powers. They have a charismatic effect on their followers to an unusually high degree, and these followers perceive the leader’s beliefs as correct and accept him or her without questions.
Transformational leadership is a style of leadership in which the leader identifies the needed change, create3s a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executes the change with the commitment of the members of the group. Transformational leaders balance charisma with collaboration, confidence with virtue, and influence with transparency. With this approach, the leader identifies a collective vision that a group can recognize with and get excitged about. Ideas take precedence, rather that the leader themselves. According to Air Force Colonel Mark Homrig, “transformational leadership can be a sharp double-edged sword. Pseudo-transformational leaders has a potential immoral and unethical dimension that could be exploited by unscrupulous leader inflicted on naive and unsuspecting followers.”

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