Charisma is a Greek word that means “divinely inspired gift,” such as the ability to perform miracles or predict future events. Weber (1947) used the term to describe a form of influence based not on tradition or formal authority but rather on follower perceptions that the leader is endowed with exceptional qualities. According to Weber, charisma occurs during a social crisis when a leader emerges with a radical vision that offers a solution to the crisis and attracts followers who believe in the vision. The followers experience some successes that make the vision appear attainable, and they come to perceive the leader as extraordinary. Charismatic leaders are likely to have a strong need for power, high self‐confidence, and a strong conviction in their own beliefs and ideals. The leadership behaviors that explain how a charismatic leader influences the attitudes and behavior of followers include the following: (1) articulating an appealing vision, (2) using strong, expressive forms of communication when articulating the vision, (3) taking personal risks and making self‐sacrifices to attain the vision, (4) communicating high expectations, (5) expressing optimism and confidence in followers,
(6) modeling behaviors consistent with the vision, (7) managing follower impressions of the leader, (8) building identification with the group or organization, and (9) empowering followers. The research on effects of charismatic leaders in organizations is limited, but it suggests that charisma is not a beneficial attribute for most chief executives. The descriptive research found that few leaders of successful organizations were viewed as charismatic (e.g., Bennis & Nanus, 1985; Collins, 2001a, 2001b; Kouzes & Posner, 1987; Peters & Austin, 1985; Tichy & Devanna, 1986).(Leadership in Organizations, Eighth Edition)

In the healthcare field being a charismatic leader helps motivate the care givers such as physicians, nurses and others to provide quality care to each and...