Why do people follow leaders who enact evil? Who restrict freedoms, or cause suffering? The question could be broader, in fact: What makes any leader compelling or authoritative?
One quality often discussed, is charisma. Charismatic leadership can contribute positive and negative outcomes for organisation and followers. A charismatic leader has been defined as a person that possesses a “memorable and powerful charm, indefinable aura, [and] an ability to lead and inspire” (Boehmer 2012: 159). Obtaining these important characteristics reflects on a leader’s success in gaining support from their followers and making a difference in their community.
Sen. Ted Cruz had called Trump a "pathological liar" who, "whatever lie he tells, at that minute he believes it." Like most figures within the GOP, Cruz now bows to Trump's enduring power over the voters ambitious Republicans need.
That power represents Trump's greatest feat of wizardry. His presidency has brought supporters no border wall financed by Mexico, no health plan to replace Obamacare, no manufacturing or coal-mining revival to restore lost blue-collar earning power.
His extravagant promises never withstood critical scrutiny. But as he launched his presidential bid in 2015, Trump brazenly insisted there would be no Oz-like unmasking.
"I will not let those people down," he told me at Trump Tower back then.
The 74 million people who voted for his reelection plainly don't think he did. Most tell pollsters they believe his election fraud lies.
Not only that, Trump has persuaded them to keep sending him money. His campaign, his new political action committee and the Republican Party say they've collected $207.5 million since Election Day.
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. R. Buckminster Fuller