The development of charismatic leaders

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    This paper explores the origins of leadership potential and motivation for leadership, primarily with regard to two types of leaders: personalized and socialized charismatic leaders. Bowlby's attachment theory (1969, 1973) provides a theoretical basis for determining an individual's potential to be in leadership positions. The "internal working model," formed (according to Bowlby) in the course of attachment processes in infancy, has a considerable impact on self-perception, which may later affect the development of "ego resources" required for leadership. The motivation to be a leader is analyzed with the help of various psychodynamic concepts and models.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)729-744
    Number of pages16
    JournalPolitical Psychology
    Issue number4
    StatePublished - Dec 2000


    • Attachment patterns
    • Motivation to lead
    • Personalized charismatic leadership
    • Socialized charismatic leadership

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Political Science and International Relations


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