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Organizational and Contextual Influences on the Emergence and Effectiveness of Charismatic Leadership

Leadership Now: Reflections on the Legacy of Boas Shamir

ISBN: 978-1-78743-201-7, eISBN: 978-1-78743-200-0

ISSN: 1479-3571

Publication date: 5 October 2018

Abstract

The literature on charismatic leadership in organizations has neglected the organizational context in which such leadership is embedded. The purpose of this article is to enrich and refine charismatic leadership theory by linking it to its organizational context. We argue that while charismatic leadership principles and processes potentially apply across a wide variety of situations, the emergence and effectiveness of such leadership may be facilitated by some contexts and inhibited by others. We develop and present a series of propositions linking contextual variable to the emergence and effectiveness of charismatic leadership. Among the contextual variable we examine are the organizational environment, life-cycle stage, technology, tasks, goals, structure, and culture, as well as the leader’s level in the organization and the circumstances surrounding his or her appointment.

Citation

Shamir, B. and Howell, J.M. (2018), "Organizational and Contextual Influences on the Emergence and Effectiveness of Charismatic Leadership", Katz, I., Eilam-Shamir, G., Kark, R. and Berson, Y. (Ed.) Leadership Now: Reflections on the Legacy of Boas Shamir (Monographs in Leadership and Management, Vol. 9), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 255-281. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-357120180000009020

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