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Cultivating Charisma: Ikeda Daisaku's Self Presentations and Transformational Leadership
Author Chilson, Clark
Source Journal of Global Buddhism
Pages65 - 78
PublisherJournal of Global Buddhism
Publisher Url
LocationLucerne, Switzerland
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keywordleadership; autobiography; Ikeda Daisaku; Sōka Gakkai; charisma; New Religious Movements
AbstractAlthough social scientific studies of leadership have progressed significantly since the 1960s, discussions of popular religious leaders remain grounded in Weberian ideas on "charisma." Because "charisma" in Weber's writings lacks conceptual clarity and analytical precision, it fails to illuminate how specific understandings of popular leaders develop or how leaders create affective ties with followers. Weber's discussions of charisma, however, can still lead to important questions. Using a Weberian statement on charisma as a departure point, this article argues on the basis of the published diary of Ikeda Daisaku, leader of the Nichiren Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai, that self-representations by a leader can influence how followers understand him or her in a way that cultivates charisma. More specifically it argues that by depicting the mentor-disciple relationship as empowering, Ikeda's diary can serve as a method for transformational leadership that fosters a sense of intimacy and nurtures affective ties with him.
Table of contentsWho is Ikeda Daisaku? 67
The Mentor-Disciple Relationship in the Sōka Gakkai and the Life of Ikeda 68
Autobiography as a Transformational Leadership Method 69
How Ikeda’s Diary Offers a Model of Discipleship 71
How the Diary Fosters Intimacy and Identification with Ikeda 74
Conclusion 75
Acknowledgements 77
References 77
ISSN15276457 (E)
Created date2016.03.07
Modified date2017.07.20

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