The charismatic leadership style was one of three leadership types described by Max Weber in 1947, along with the bureaucratic and traditional leadership styles. The charismatic leadership style is based on a form of heroism or extreme of character, almost of divine origin.
Weber was the first to distinguish between transactional leaders, such as bureaucratic leaders, and transformational leaders, such as charismatic leaders. Weber also believed that most leaders exhibited characteristics of all styles.
The characteristics specific to the charismatic style include: