Charisma is similar to Servant Leadership in that many of the traits seem to be inherent. While these traits can be developed, many of the traits seem to be inborn. As is often the case with Servant Leadership, being a charismatic leader seems to be simply “who they are.”
Yet, you can develop your charismatic leadership style in several ways. Here are the ones our clients have found useful for them…
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?