How can we understand the demise of Kids Company?

Foster, Angela (2016) How can we understand the demise of Kids Company? British Journal of Psychotherapy, 32 (1). pp. 125-131. ISSN Print ISSN: 0265-9883 Online ISSN: 1752-0118

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The sudden closure of the charity Kids Company was headline news in the UK on 6 August 2015. In this piece the author shares her feeling of shock, her questions and her concerns arising from the BBC interviews with the charity's founder Camila Batmanghelidjh who had been at the helm for 19 years. While alluding to the vision of charismatic leaders and their extraordinary ability to bring about social transformations, the author refers to Weber and others highlighting that charismatic leadership must be transitional if the enterprise is to survive. However, charisma can lead to idealization which puts the enterprise at risk.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 28 Jan 2016
Uncontrolled Keywords: Charismatic Leadership, Idealization, Safeguarding, Governance
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer

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