Columbia COMS W4706 - Essential Attributes of the Concept of Charisma (19 pages)

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Essential Attributes of the Concept of Charisma

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Coms W4706 - Spoken Language Processing

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Essential Attributes of the Concept of Charisma by George P Boss Presented by Chen Yung Hsu What is Charisma A term which in popular usage describes the personal appeal of an extraordinary individual Derived from a Greek word meaning divine gift Used generally to symbolize the inexplicable force of such a personality Why is identifying Charisma so hard The essential attributes of the concept of charisma have not been identified in a systematic way The use of the term is often extremely ambiguous Objective Examine the concept of charisma and to suggest that it can and should be used to designate attributes of importance in rhetorical study 3 Major Dimensions Analysis of charisma yields 1 qualities or traits residing in the person 2 the perceived effect on the listener followers 3 the necessities residing within the particular sociopolitical situation Charisma Phenom Attributes From rhetorical and sociopolitical perspective 1 gift of grace 2 concept of the leader communicator 3 inspiring message 4 idolatrous follower 5 shared history 6 high status 7 concept of mission 8 an important crisis 9 successful i e positive results No attribute can be presumed to exist in the charismatic situation Each attribute is a constituent part of a whole Gift of Grace Denotative base of the concept charisma Wider than concepts of good will or trustworthiness partakes of credibility Originated from Judeo Christian tradition endowments of charismata were conferred by the Holy Spirit One man through the Spirit has the gift of wise speech while another by the power of the same Spirit can put the deepest knowledge into words From scholarly literature Max Weber The term of charisma will here be applied to a certain quality of the individual personality by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural superhuman or at least specifically exceptional powers and qualities Leader Communicator Charismatic person not just a knowledgeable speaker he is a



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