Charismatic Authority

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Charismatic Authority involves a type of organization or a type of leadership in which authority derives from the charisma of the leader. This stands in contrast to two other types of authority: legal authority and traditional authority. Each of the three types forms part of Max Weber's tripartite classification of authority.

Max Weber, a German Sociologist that greatly influenced social theory, defined charismatic authority (German: Charismatische Herrschaft) as "resting on devotion to the exceptional sanctity, heroism, or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained by him". Weber developed this definition in his essays "Politics as a Vocation" and "Discipline and Charisma", as well as in other parts of his writings. The concept has acquired wide usage among sociologists. Other terms used are "charismatic domination" and "charismatic leadership". [1]

Power Mongers

Therefore power hungry people are more duplicitous to gain favor with others through False Impressions and charisma, seeking to increase their credibility through Emotional Manipulation, rather than upon personal merit and actual trustworthiness. Charismatic People tend to use charm and seduction to superficially manipulate others to satisfy their selfish agendas, which characterizes a deceptive person. This kind of person will act as if something is true even when it’s not true, in order to get others to believe their deception so that they get what they want. Most people do not want to believe that a charismatic and likable person is lying directly to their face, so the manipulator actually acts as if it were true, so others will assume their deception is actually the truth. Obviously it’s not true, just because they act as if it were. This is the delusional behavior of Sociopaths.[2]


See Also

Untrustworthy Behaviors

Basic Principles of Psychological Warfare

Divide and Conquer Tactics