Leadership: Charismatic Leaders


Through my study of public speaking and presentation, I’ve come to realize one important thing: strong leadership skills and strong presentation skills are inextricably linked.

Before I began teaching public speaking, I attended Christin Upshaw‘s Leadership and Organizational Behavior course.  I leaned forward in my seat when Christin began talking about three qualities of charismatic leadership.  I wrote down this material and held onto it.  Today, while researching leadership and charisma, I came across an e-book called Organizational Behavior: Managing People and Organizations by Ricky Griffin and Gregory Moorhead.  Griffin and Moorhead say, “The charismatic leader is characterized by three fundamental attributes.  As illustrated here, these are behaviors resulting in envisioning, energizing, and enabling.  Charismatic leaders can be a powerful force in any organizational setting” (Source).

Again, as we learned in our three-part study of charismatic presenters, leaders can develop these skills; they do not have to be born with the natural ability.  So how can we develop our potential to be stronger and more charismatic leaders?

I highly recommend John C. Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential.  I’ve just finished Chapter 1, and Maxwell has great things to say about developing, growing, and evolving in leadership.  For example, at the bottom level are leaders who only lead because of their title.  These leaders lack charisma because they rely on their position; they don’t truly lead.  Maxwell explains how leaders stuck on this level can grow.  In fact, these people can grow 4 levels higher to become true leaders.  On a higher plane, charisma develops.

What resources would you recommend to develop charisma in leadership?


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  1. The charismatic leadership model is the predominant leadership model where sheer personality, imagination, and tenacity reap rewards. As you create new resolutions for meeting your future business and professional goals, consider these lessons characterized by charismatic leaders.

    1. Charismatic leaders are known for being visionaries. Actually, charismatic leaders are excellent at dissecting and deciphering inefficiencies within organizations. The visionary traits attributed to charismatic leaders are often a result of compiling facts, critical thinking, and finding solutions to various problems. If you observe organizational lapses in your company, where revenue can be improved, begin formulating strategies and proposals that address these inefficiencies. Charismatic leaders create missions around solving problems and will implement solutions inside the current organization or create a new organization altogether.

    2. Charismatic leaders create disciples within organizations. The passion and clarity of focus demonstrated by charismatic leaders stem from their need to implement initiatives by persuading others to participate. Charismatic leaders gain loyalty by tapping into latent or hidden needs. Your ability to be more persuasive is directly related to your ability to understand the desires and motivation of people around you. As you fulfill these needs, loyalty and participation by others grow.

    3. Charismatic leaders are extremely introspective. Although charismatic leaders are known as “people persons,” their greatest mental replenishment comes from solitude and self-reflection. Charismatic leaders are visceral thinkers and require large chunks of time to ponder on their thinking process as well as the issue at hand. Begin spending more time in scheduled solitude to allow your thoughts to flow that hinge on solving problems or creating alternatives to brighter horizons.

    4. Charismatic leaders are performance driven and relentless. Once charismatic leaders set their course on a mission, nothing can thwart them outside of accomplishing the mission. In fact, charismatic leaders often define themselves by immersing themselves in the mission. Charismatic leaders do not see failure as an option. They may change gears, but will never give up the mission until it is completed. If you want to become more effective within your professional endeavors, create a plan and relentlessly stick to it until you either lack the capacity to go any further or you complete it. Failure should never be an option for you.

    Learning to extract the traits that make charismatic leader effective is an ongoing process. But, if you begin emulating how charismatic leaders transform organizations and fulfill professional aspirations, you can achieve similar results.

    Edward Brown
    Core Edge Image & Charisma Institute

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