Beyond the Charismatic Leader: Leadership and Organizational Change

by David Nadler, Michael Tushman



In ever more turbulent environments, executive leadership matters as never before. Organization speed, flexibility, and the need to execute discontinuous change require sharpened leadership skills. Charismatic leaders are important. These relatively rare leaders provide vision, direction, and energy for their firms. However, charisma is never enough to build competitive, agile organizations. Charismatic leadership must be bolstered by institutional leadership through attention to details on roles, structures, and rewards. Further, as most organizations are too large and complex for any one executive or senior team to directly manage, responsibility for managing in turbulent environments must be institutionalized throughout the management system.

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