Charles Manson and his followers known as, (The Family) were convicted of the murders in Los Angles back in 1969. Based on the prosecution’s theory that they were part of a plan to trigger the Helter Skelter (an apocalyptic war arising from racial tensions between blacks and whites) scenario. In this paper, we will discuss how Charles Manson was a Visionary Leader, however his Vision was tainted with Unethical Decision Making. Charles Mason used power of persuasion and manipulation to achieve his vision of chaos.
Charles Manson was without a doubt a man who manipulated his followers based on Inspirational Motivation. Inspirational Motivation according to Full Range Leadership within the ALE Student Guide, (1) elevates performance expectations and inspire followers to put forth extra effort in achieving a leader’s vision. According to Vincent Bugliosi, Author of, “Helter Skelter” The True Story of the Manson Murders (2). Charles Manson was not a big guy, he didn’t use brute force to influence his followers into murdering for his cause
One who often generates fresh, original concepts and new ideas in ways that defy generally accepted structures or rules, are known as “Creators” which is covered under Team Dynamics within the ALE (3). Manson was convinced that there was a war coming and he needed to lead this war and his followers had to share this vision no matter of the consequences. Now I’m sure all the drugs they were on might have had some contributing factors to help Mason sale his vision.
Charles Manson was without a doubt was a man who manipulated his followers based on unethical critical thinking. According to ALE Student Guide, Hindrances to Critical Thinking states...
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... their visions. It goes up on the wall, talked about during the first week of being updated, and might come up every now and then. Junior Sailors aren’t interested in that, most if not all doesn’t even know one much less all three. Their motivation is in the form of liberty. Getting one junior Sailor to buy into the mission and the vision of our leaders like Charles Manson did for his “Family”, would cause a rippling effect, resulting in a sense of purpose and pride like there has never been before in today’s Navy.
Charles Manson was truly a Visionary through Inspirational Motivation and Team Dynamics as a Creator. One characteristics of a Visionary Leader the ability give the world “ideas” that change the existing order. Manson sold his vision and convinced them that committing murder was the answer through the power of persuasion and manipulation.
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