But, as perhaps anyone concerned enough to study such matters will no doubt discover, a leader, who is after all uncommon by nature, can only pretend to be a common man. It is sometimes necessary to project himself as a nice guy, a regular fellow and all that, but such is nature of charismatic authority that the so-called common people will not tolerate very much common behavior in their leaders—a public gesture or two, yes, but even so the minute a leader really climbs down off that pedestal the people are likely to replace their awe of his halo—with contempt for his feet of clay. The fact is, when you destroy the people’s awe of the leader you also destroy their sense of security in his specialness.

Albert Murray, South to a Very Old Place (1971)