German sociologist Max Weber introduced three types of authority: traditional, rational-legal, and charismatic- each of which would help explain the types of leadership found in society. Moreover, Weber seemed to favor charismatic authority, and spent a good deal of time discussing it which influenced many scholars and thinkers alike to examine charismatic authority across various institutions (i.e. sports, religion, politics, etc.). According to Weber, authority is legitimate domination and charismatic authority is legitimated by its followers belief in the exceptional sanctity, heroism, or exemplary character of the charismatic leader (Ritzer 2019: 39-40).
For this paper, EACH student would demonstrate their understanding of Weber’s concepts: charisma, charismatic authority, and the routinization of charisma by writing about a past or present figure who embodies the definition of Weber’s charismatic authority. To illustrate your comprehension, each response should explain how the selected person embodies Weber’s concept(s) using secondary evidence. For instance, naming and describing the event, speech, or action that supports why the selected person possess charisma.
Each typed submission should be 2-3 pages in content and must include a cover page and bibliography/reference page. (Please review the writing standards in the syllabus for further information.)