Followership, deity and leadership

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    Two questions are addressed in this article: 1. Why are people attracted to leaders? 2. How are leaders' images construed? The first question is analyzed by using the concept of “deity” as a frame of reference for an “ideal model” of leadership. God as a “screen of projections” can satisfy the believer's fundamental needs and desires, as well as serving as a reference for causal attributions and a provider of transcendental meaning. Using Construal Level Theory (CLT) (Libermann & Trope, 1998), deity, as a frame of reference, also facilitates analysis of the second question. This analysis explains universal principles underlying the leadership construal, and the psychological principles and culture-bound processes relevant to construing different images of leadership in different collectives.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)211-228
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 2016

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    © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd


    • attributions
    • inferences
    • leader's construal
    • projections

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology (all)


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