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Charismatic Leadership

Earlier, we defined Charisma as meaning, “gift”, or as being seen as having personal charm and magnetism.

So, how does charisma relate to leadership?  Dr. Tony Alessandra defines charisma in relation to leadership as, “the ability to influence others positively by connecting with them physically, emotionally, and intellectually.”   Dr. Alessandra also points us to Harvard anthropologist Charles Lindholm’s definition, “Charisma is, above all, a relationship, a mutual mingling of the inner selves of leader and follower.” This sounds very similar to the Servant Leadership qualities that we looked at in April.

What words would we expect to hear in describing a charismatic leader?

Traits of Charismatic Leaders…

  • Principled
  • Intelligent
  • Committed to Excellence
  • Optimistic
  • Exemplary standards
  • Uses authority wisely and fairly
  • Engaging
  • Learned
  • High Ideals
  • Excellent teacher and mentor

Hopefully, you have been lucky enough to have worked for and with a charismatic leader.  If so, pass along the gift to others.

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Judy W Bell

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