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In the upcoming Executive Talk, on the 26th of November, from 7 pm RO time, we are meeting with Elesa Zehndorfer Ph.D., Research Officer for British Mensa, to talk about Charisma: Cult of Personality. We will discuss applying theory to current business scenarios and encourage you to evaluate the presence and value of the charismatic forces that surround us.
Charisma is powerful, sought after, yet elusive; it opens doors, wins elections & drives the stellar growth of companies and careers. We all know it, desire it & admire somebody who possesses it. Compellingly, charisma is not as mythical as many of us consider it to be; it can be empirically measured and taught, possesses an observable biological foundation & is situated in legitimate positions of authority. It can function as a great force for good.
It can also work as a vastly destructive force. Research informs us that charisma possesses a dark side; companies led by charismatic CEO's consistently underperform those that are led by their non-charismatic counterparts, for example. Cult of personality often leads to a destructive corporate culture when the CEO is charismatic, & charisma has been observed by researchers to be related closely to narcissism & fraud. This lecture subsequently provides an introduction to charisma, applying theory to current business scenarios, and encouraging students to evaluate the presence and value of the charismatic forces that surround them.'
Dr. Zehndorfer has written for many publications and appeared as an expert on BBC Radio 4 on charismatic theory. She is the author of five textbooks: 'Leadership: Performance Beyond Expectations' (Routledge, 2020), 'Evolution, Politics & Charisma: Why do Populists Win? (Routledge, 2019), Emotional & Irrational Investing: Causes & Solutions (Routledge, 2017), Charismatic Leadership: The Role of Charisma in the Global Financial Crisis (2015) and 'Leadership: A Critical Introduction' (Routledge, 2014).
The event will take place online [on Microsoft Teams platform] on the 26th of November from 7 PM [RO Time]. Participation is free, but please register, in order to receive the access link: https://forms.gle/dULpDiqWifaYBvq59