re: The Fall Of The Messiah Leader
When I think of a charismatic leader, I think immediately of Steve Jobs or Michael Dell or Bill Gates--people whose influence is so strong that the company could potentially be different were they not leading the organization anymore. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, Marc Benioff ... Is a charismatic leader one who started the company him- or herself? Or is a charismatic leader someone who starts a company ahead of the next big thing? (PCs, social networking, e-commerce, SaaS ...) I don't think we will see charismatic leaders fade away. I think we will see them when the next big thing arrives.
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard