Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Myth Of The Charismatic Leader

I just visited the Stephen Ministries website. In reading about leadership and the flaws of the Charismatic Leader Model, I have confirmed the fatal flaw in Barack Obama and offer a warning to John McCain and Sarah Palin. BHO may make flowery speeches and have a "commanding presence", but that in no way can carry him through a Presidential term (or an election). To quote Joseph A. Raelin, in the journal Training + Development (March 2003):

"Relying on a single charismatic leader to part the seas for us works as long as the leader can successfully diagnose the environment and make correct decisions. But what happens when this same leader errs? What happens when his or her followers realize that they have the maturity to make their own decisions? What happens when the environment becomes so complex that no single individual could possibly discern all of its elements?"

Each candidte must realise that they are but one person. Whoever becomes President must assemble an effective team (in the form of their Cabinet) in order to successfully lead this country. The President is important, but he is just the head. He needs the rest of the body (his Cabinet) to be effective. A head is useless without the rest of the body. BHO has a Messiah complex and those around him are easily drawn in -- much like some mega-churches and cults. This phenomenon is dangerous and ultimately counter-productive. We Conservatives must not elevate John McCain or Sarah Palin to the level that BHO elevates himself. If we do, we will set ourselves up for disappointment, much like BHO is doing to himself and his followers. No one is perfect but Jesus. As has been said before, it is better to agree with someone 60% of the time than to disagree with someone 100% of the time. Let this serve as a warning.


Redbone said...

Amy, you are golden my dear... Stardust even :) I'm so glad you found value in the Stephen Ministries website. Indeed we are all our brothers and sisters keepers. Without each other we are all forlorn. May God shine His face upon you and yours!

Ted Redbone Lindblad

Amy D said...

Thank you, Red!!!