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Why is charismatic leadership considered a double-edged sword that requires careful monitoring to ever abuse? Provide two reasons and one example illustrating this.

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On one hand, we are all drawn to a charismatic leader. These leaders embody confidence. They are passionate about a cause. They have the ability to connect with people and inspire them to be a force of change. So what could possibly be wrong with this type of leadership?

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On one hand, we are all drawn to a charismatic leader. These leaders embody confidence. They are passionate about a cause. They have the ability to connect with people and inspire them to be a force of change. So what could possibly be wrong with this type of leadership?

A possible issue that arises with charismatic leaders is that people can become so enamored with this type of personality that no one else speaks up or questions the decisions being made. Thus, the leadership decisions can go unchecked. This isn't always a great idea. If the decisions are being made without a good ethical base, the outcome can be detrimental. People could be so swayed by this type of personality that they are either blind to the lack of ethics involved or feel like their voice is too small by comparison to speak up.

Another issue that can arise is that the leader is intentionally manipulative. If a person is aware that he has a swaying influence on the opinions of others, he can exert that influence in deceptive ways to persuade people to do things they might not otherwise do.

One of the most charismatic leaders of all time was Adolf Hitler. He had a singular focus, and he was quite convincing in swaying Germans to believe that the "Aryan race" was superior to all others and deserved world domination. His message combined with his charismatic public speaking abilities was an unstoppable force for years—to the detriment of millions of people. Although an extreme example, Hitler shows the power of charisma in the absence of ethics and diverse perspectives.

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