Love and leadership: constructing follower narrative identities of charismatic leadership

Parry,K and Kempster,S 2014, Love and leadership: constructing follower narrative identities of charismatic leadership, Management learning, vol. 45, no. 1, pp. 21-38, doi: 10.1177/1350507612470602.

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Title Love and leadership: constructing follower narrative identities of charismatic leadership
Author(s) Parry,KORCID iD for Parry,K
Journal name Management learning
Volume number 45
Issue number 1
Start page 21
End page 38
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014-02
ISSN 1350-5076
Keyword(s) Charisma
narrative analysis
Summary Most extant research on charismatic leadership has an essentialist orientation that characterises it as leader behaviour, leader communication or follower dependency. Our approach is more discursively oriented. To research charismatic leadership, we used aesthetic narrative positivism, which undertook utilitarian as well as critical method. We examined followers' implicit narratives of their lived experiences of charismatic leadership in organisational settings. We examined metaphors for this experience. Most respondents identified with positive affect, a form of love story; a minority experienced negative affect, especially anger; and some experienced both positive and negative emotions. We posit that if one adopts a certain identity within the context of a dramatic narrative, one might be attributed with charismatic qualities by followers. In this way, we suggest that charismatic leadership might be less a gift from God and more a 'gift from followers'. © The Author(s) 2013.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1350507612470602
Field of Research 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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