Followers of the Charisma

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Charismatic leaders are individuals who seem to inspire others. There are all types of charismatic leaders; some people may deem what they do as evil and others may hold a different opinion. There are some leaders that are seen as saviors, coming along at the right moment when all hope is lost. There are other leaders that people slander their names with the word ‘Murder’. In the end it all depends on which side a follower is on. Jim Jones, Martin Luther King Jr. , and Gandhi were some of the most remember charismatic leaders in history. though very different in what they preach. Then there is the most iconic charismatic leader of all and he goes by many names: Allah, the Almighty, but many know him as Jesus. In the mid-1970s, Jim Jones, a preacher and the leader of Peoples Temple, craved his way into the hearts of the Fillmore district, San Francisco’s desolated black neighborhood. He moved into the neighborhood at its lowest point. The people were searching for someone to follow, someone to fix their problems and Jones would make sure he was the solution. His personality was one of great charisma and he “…won the hearts and souls of people. And people followed him to hell. That’s where Jim Jones went. That’s where he took the people who followed him.” (Talbot).The people of the Fillmore district were seen as trash by the rest of society and society ignored them. Jones’ vision made even the lowest member of the district feel “special, like something bigger than ourselves” (Talbot). Though Jones was a misfit most of his life, he found peace in taking on a black persona and like the great black leaders that came before him he would lead “his people out of bondage and into the promised land.”(Talbot). However, his council was dom... ... middle of paper ... .... Jim Jones, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gandhi were each charismatic leaders though they were very different in what they preach. They had a gift to touch people’s hearts and change them. This change may not always be welcomed and some may see it as a test of loyalty. However, whether a person likes it or not, there will be a time when the words of another encourages them to stand up, to change, to fight. True power tends to gather around great leader. Works Cited Matthews, David. "Jim Jones' Followers Enthralled by His Skills as a Speaker." CNN. Cable News Network, 13 Nov. 2008. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. McManus, Melanie. "10 Far-out Charismatic Leaders (and the Trouble They Caused)." HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Mar. 2014. Talbot, David. ""People Followed Him to Hell" The Story of Jim Jones and San Francisco." Alternet. N.p., 30 May 2012. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.
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