Can Charisma Be Taught

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Can Charisma be Taught? A Critique of the Study Performed by the University of Lausanne James Oliver RES 320 Professor Chandra Arthur Abstract In 2011, the Academy of Management Learning & Education published a paper titled, “Can Charisma Be Taught? Tests of Two Interventions” written by John Antonakis, Marika Fenley, and Sue Liechti of the University of Lausanne. This paper asked the question, “Can leadership, particularly charisma, be taught?” They performed a series of measurable experiments to try to answer that question. Their goal was to “whether a theoretically designed intervention can make individuals appear more charismatic to independent observers”. Can Charisma be Taught? A Critique of the Study Performed by the University of Lausanne In 2011, the Academy of Management Learning & Education published a paper titled, “Can Charisma Be Taught? Tests of Two Interventions” written by John Antonakis, Marika Fenley, and Sue Liechti of the University of Lausanne. This paper asked the question, “Can leadership, particularly charisma, be taught?” They performed a series of measurable experiments to try to answer that question. Their goal was to “whether a theoretically designed intervention can make individuals appear more charismatic to independent observers”. This is their synopsis: “We tested whether we could teach individuals to behave more charismatically, and whether changes in charisma affected leader outcomes. In Study 1, a mixed-design field experiment, we randomly assigned 34 middle-level managers to a control or an experimental group. Three months later, we reassessed the managers using their coworker ratings. In Study 2, a within-subjects laboratory experiment, we videotaped 41 MBA participants giving a speech. We then taught them how to behave more charismatically, and they redelivered the speech 6 weeks later. Independent

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