From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
- Personal charm or magnetism
- Christianity: An extraordinary power granted by the Holy Spirit
- The ability to influence without the use of logic.
The sociologist Max Weber defined charismatic authority as "resting on devotion to the exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained by him." Charismatic authority is one of three forms of authority laid out in Weber's tripartite classification of authority, the other two being traditional authority and rational-legal authority. The concept has acquired wide usage among sociologists.