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In everyday parlance, charisma is often used as a colorful synonym for sex appeal or popularity. It is also invoked to explain how certain types of people become leaders. Yet, the reverse is more likely to be true: very few national political leaders selected by established party and electoral processes are charismatic. Charisma comes from the Greek kahrisma: gift of grace, the partaking of the divine. Weber emphasizes that charisma refers to "an extraordinary quality of a person, ... to which the governed submit because of their belief " (Gerth and Mills 1946, 52 and 295.)
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