The Effects of Charismatic Leadership of the Eastern European Cultural Cluster in Crisis Situations




charismatic leadership, cultural cluster, Eastern Europe, crisis situations, changes


Within the last ten years, the European continent has been strongly affected by three major crises. In addition to the migrant crisis, Covid-19, and the Russian-Ukrainian war, a fourth energy crisis is now on the horizon. All these crises have affected the social changes in European countries, also influencing their leadership which had to adjust to new situations that brought uncertainty and required rapid and radical changes. The goal of this paper is to analyse the effects of charismatic leadership in the cultural cluster of Eastern Europe during the crisis. The cultural cluster of Eastern Europe is characterised by a high degree of collectivism, as opposed to a low degree of future orientation and avoidance of uncertainty. A charismatic leader focused on values, people, and results responds to these characteristics of culture. In addition, charismatic leadership has a specific effect on followers in crisis situations by instilling confidence and making them feel safe. Literature review indicated that the alignment between the characteristics of cultural cluster and leadership style leads to positive effects and a strong relationship between leaders and followers in the crisis management process.


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Janovac, T. D., & Virijević Jovanović, S. R. (2022). The Effects of Charismatic Leadership of the Eastern European Cultural Cluster in Crisis Situations. KULTURA POLISA, 19(3), 156–175.



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