I’m studying for my Sociology class and need an explanation.
German sociologist Max Weber introduced three types of authority: traditional, rational-legal, and charismatic- each of which would help explain the types of leadership found in society. Moreover, Weber seemed to favor charismatic authority, and spent a good deal of time discussing it which influenced many scholars and thinkers alike to examine charismatic authority across various institutions (i.e. sports, religion, politics, etc.). According to Weber, authority is legitimate domination and charismatic authority is legitimated by its followers belief in the exceptional sanctity, heroism, or exemplary character of the charismatic leader (Ritzer 2019: 39-40).