The Truths and Falsehoods of Post-Truth Leaders

Sverre Spoelstra*

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Abstract

Over the last three years, the idea of a ‘post-truth society’ has become a common talking point. Politicians from around the world, from Europe to South America to the United States, have been labelled as ‘post-truth leaders’, with Donald Trump being portrayed as the standard bearer for this new kind of political discourse. This article suggests that post-truth leadership is nothing new. Ever since Max Weber developed his notion of charismatic leadership in the early 20th century, Western societies have been infatuated with the idea that leaders ought not concern themselves too much with factual reality. In a sense, leadership has been post-truth all along.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLeadership
Volume16
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)757-764
Number of pages8
ISSN1742-7150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Post-truth
  • Leadership
  • Facts
  • Charisma
  • Politics
  • Max Weber
  • Donald Trump

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