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Charisma: Making Sense of Motivational Leadership

Evaluate the model presented by the authors with regards to linking charisma to, first, motivation and then to transformation. Identify and analyze the mechanisms by which leaders induce positive emotional experiences, communicate vision, and motivate followers. Finally, evaluate the degree to which the leader's level of charisma is able to influence the following components of follower motivation: The direction of action, the intensity of effort, and effort persistence.

Making Sense of Motivational Leadership: The Trail from Transformational Leaders to Motivated Followers
Remus Ilies, Timothy Judge and David Wagner
Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 2006 13: 1
DOI: 10.1177/10717919070130010301

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1. Evaluate the model in regards to linking charisma to motivation and to transformation.

Iles, Judge, and Wagner (2006) discuss charisma and transformational leadership's affect on motivation in this article. Charisma is viewed as a function of transformational leadership, although the authors' explain that charismatic leadership theory and transformational leadership theory have many overlapping points. The premise of Iles, Judge, and Wagner's (2006) model of motivation is found in the assumption that charismatic leaders affect followers on a positive emotional level. The authors' contend that charismatic leaders are positive, transfer the positivity to followers, and increase follower motivational effort, creativity, persistence, self-efficacy, and self-set goals. A big part of transformational leadership is employee empowerment and promoting higher level meaning in work activities (Burns, 2003). Transformational leaders, who are often charismatic, influence employee motivation constructively; garnering increased commitment, exceptional performance, and alignment with the leader's goals and vision for the organization. I find much to agree with in regards to Iles, Judge, and Wagner's (2006) concept of leadership and motivation. In the right situation and within ...

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This solution discusses motivation and charismatic leadership.

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