A Motivational Theory of Charismatic Leadership: Envisioning, Empathy, and Empowerment

HKUST Business School Research Paper No. 07-11

Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 24, 2006

21 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2007

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Jaepil Choi

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Abstract

The motivational effects of charismatic leadership are examined in greater detail. Charismatic leadership is assumed to have three core components: envisioning, empathy, and empowerment. A charismatic leader's envisioning behavior influences followers' need for achievement, and the leader's empathic behavior stimulates followers' need for affiliation. Followers' need for power is enhanced by a charismatic leader's empowerment practices. It is further suggested that the behaviors of a charismatic leader and the enhanced followers' needs promote clearer role perceptions, improved task performance, greater job satisfaction, stronger collective identity and group cohesiveness, more organization citizenship behaviors, and stronger self-leadership among the followers. The contextual factors which may influence the motivational effects of charismatic leadership are also discussed.

Suggested Citation

Choi, Jaepil, A Motivational Theory of Charismatic Leadership: Envisioning, Empathy, and Empowerment. HKUST Business School Research Paper No. 07-11; Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, Vol. 13, No. 1, p. 24, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1001851

Jaepil Choi (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology ( email )

Organizational Behavior
Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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