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date: 20 March 2019

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Visionary leadership, the communication of a future image of a collective with the intention to persuade others to contribute to its realization, is widely seen as a particularly effective way of mobilizing and motivating followers. In this chapter, we take stock of the state of the science in visionary leadership and conclude that conclusions regarding the effectiveness of visionary leadership are overly optimistic at least in the sense that the existing evidence base leaves much to be desired. The conclusions we highlight from a review of the evidence warn against complacency and satisfaction with the current state of the science. We identify methodological and conceptual issues to take into consideration in moving the study of visionary leadership forward.

Keywords: charisma, charismatic leadership, inspirational leadership, leadership, leadership effectiveness, transformational leadership, vision, visionary leadership

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