A titular ruler, or titular head, is a person in an official position of leadership who possesses few, if any, actual powers.   In most democratic countries today, the Head of State has either evolved into, or was created as, a position of titular leadership. Representative democracy is a form of government founded on the principles of the people's representatives Head of state is the generic term for the individual or collective office that serves as the chief public representative of a Monarchic or Republican Nation-state In the former case, the leader may often have significant powers listed within the state's constitution, but is no longer able to exercise them, due to historical changes within that country. A constitution is a system for government often Codified as a written document that establishes the rules and principles of an autonomous political entity  In the latter case, it is often made clear within the document that the leader is intended to be powerless. Heads of State who inhabit positions of titular leadership are usually regarded as symbols of the people they "lead".
An example of titular rule, would be the democracy of the United Kingdom under the Prime Minister who executes most official powers, but The Queen possesses limited powers and only has a ceremonial and constitutional role in Britain nowadays, as most official powers have been devolved to the Prime Minister who can declare war with the support of Parliament; a practice formerly only in the possession of the Sovereign. Democracy is a form of government in which the supreme power is held completely by the people under a free electoral system The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the political leader of the United Kingdom For the ship see RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Context States headed by Elizabeth II A ceremony is an activity infused with Ritual significance performed on a special occasion A constitution is a system for government often Codified as a written document that establishes the rules and principles of an autonomous political entity
A person can also be in a position of titular leadership within an organization, such as a corporation. A corporation is a separate legal entity usually used to conduct business
Sometimes a person may inhabit a position of titular leadership and yet exercise more power than would normally be expected, as a result of their personality or experience. The word charisma (origin from the Greek word χάρισμα (kharisma, "gift" or "divine favor" from kharizesthai, "to favor"