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?