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Charismatic leadership: Beyond love and hate and toward a sense of belonging?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 May 2019

Ken Parry
Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
Michael Cohen
Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Sukanto Bhattacharya
Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Andrea North-Samardzic
Department of Management, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Gareth Edwards*
Bristol Business School, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
*Corresponding author. Email:


Developing previous work on charismatic leadership by Boas Shamir and Ken, we investigate the contention that followers of charismatic leaders have an emotional connection with that leader in the form of a ‘sense of belonging’ and links to community. We, therefore, investigate whether there is any evidence of a sense of belonging when people describe those they judge to be charismatic. Using a mixed-methods aesthetic narrative approach, we are able to supply empirical support for the existence of such a relationship and to extend the findings of previous studies by incorporating the connection that the leader has with the community, in general, as an important factor in the leader–follower relationship.

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