Overcoming the Seduction of Charisma

Leadership Freak

Very few leaders move people through charisma, personality, and up front skills. It’s not likely you have enough charisma to lead through charisma. Successful leadership doesn’t require charisma. Charismatic leaders are bigger than life. You aren’t one of them. Weak people want leaders to be bigger, brighter, and prettier than they are. But, everyone’s a […].

Charisma – The Key to Opportunity

Chris Brady

There is a line in a rock song that says, “Charisma is the key to opportunity.”  Everyone has experienced walking into a room of strangers and not exactly knowing what to do.    Where do you sit? Who do you talk to? What do you do with your hands? Is everyone looking at you?

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Leadership…What’s Charisma Got To Do With It?

You're Not the Boss of Me

Charisma. Charisma may deliver the promise of change, growth, fulfillment and even wealth but on its own it will fail in the execution department. Having said that, let’s face it; having charisma can be very handy. Charisma gave them that opportunity.

The January 2013 Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2012 Edition

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to The January 2013 Leadership Development Carnival: Best of 2012 Edition! We want to follow people with confidence, charisma and a strong sense of direction. Expect to hear much more from her in 2013.". picked Happy New Year: Holiday Challenge for 2013.

One Important Leadership Lesson To Take Into Next Year

Tanveer Naseer

Earlier this month, I gave my last talk for this year – one which examined the role charisma plays in effective leadership. business communication culture leadership Recent Posts change charisma community expectations goals perception relationships shared purpose success values vision

Leadership – it’s not just about you, it’s all about you

Great Leadership By Dan

Dig a little deeper and invariably, inevitably, the word charisma will come up to describe what we are looking for in our leaders. Now leadership development professionals (of which I’ll admit to be one) don’t like charisma. So what of this elusive charisma?

quickpoint: Learning to Lead

Leading Blog

We’ve been told we simply don’t have what it takes—the intelligence, the charisma, the genetics—and, too often, we’ve listened. Emerging leader, Jonathan Doochin, learned from an early age the importance of reflection and optimism, the impact of mentorship, and the potential of thinking like an entrepreneur. In a book by and about emerging leaders, Passion & Purpose , he shares this on leadership: Each of us has the capacity to lead.

Three Rules to Deliver the Best Possible Performance for as Long as Possible

Leading Blog

What sort of leadership contributes best to corporate success: charisma, hard-driving, larger than life CEOs who move the company forward seemingly by force of will, or humble, deliberate, share-the-glory servant-leaders? Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed went looking for those companies that were good enough for long enough to be considered exceptional and to rule out luck as the primary source of their performance.

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Women on Business Welcomes Carolyn K. Broner, Ph.D. to the Contributor Team

Women on Business

She holds a doctorate in management with a focus in leadership and organizational change and has conducted research in the areas of leadership, charisma, organizational change and development, and entrepreneurship. I’m very happy to announce that Carolyn K. Broner, Ph.D.,

The Key Leadership Skill?

Great Leadership By Dan

Leadership may well be about vision and inspiration and charisma and motivation but at its heart leadership is about communication, and at least half of communication is about listening.

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 5/13/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS The Lean Practitioner’s Handbook Mark Eaton HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing HBR Editors and various contributors Weaving the Web: the Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee Untapped […].

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 2/18/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure’s On Sharon Melnick The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership Bill Walsh with Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh Who [.].

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All Work in Done Through Relationships

Coaching Tip

It is not a personality attribute, inherent charisma or physical attractiveness. Fostering the formation of positive relationships in organizations is a topic that has been well examined.

Taking leadership to the next level

Lead on Purpose

Acts with quiet, calm determination; relies principally on inspired standards, not inspiring charisma, to motivate. I am admittedly a creature of habit. I like to run and when I do I listen to books, podcasts and talks. This is a great time for learning and really letting things sink down deeply in my understanding. I also (as a creature of habit) find myself going back to books I’ve listened to in the past. In recent days I’m re-listening to Good to Great by Jim Collins.

The Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages


Sales and earnings reports support Kay’s initiatives to partially restore Ann Taylor’s charm and charisma as the classic “professional woman’s” retail store. “Strategy is stuck.

8 Ways To Show You Value Your Employees

Eric Jacobson

His book, Charisma , has been translated into over 17 languages and his long running Essentials of Management was short-listed for Book of Year award by the Chartered Institute of Management.

What it takes to Follow the Leader

Coaching Tip

As we get to understand the interaction between followership and leadership , developing a full understanding of charisma becomes critical as it will help us build the one thing great leaders have that great followers want. By its very nature, charisma attracts people who are made of ''the right stuff,'' have the ''right kind of energy'' and are willing to commit that energy to the cause at hand.

Three Ways Leaders Outsmart Themselves


It used to be that superior intelligence was all leaders needed–that and some charisma. by Gary Cohen How do leaders outsmart themselves? The world is depleting its resources at about 1% per year, the world population has grown to 7.1 billion people, and our natural habitat is eroding.

The Entrepreneur’s Snow Globe


Entrepreneurs’ risk taking, intellect, energy, and charisma are, in general, what earn them passionate and devoted followers. The Entrepreneur’s Snow Globe.

Management vs Leadership is Dangerous Nonsense

Mike Cardus

Charisma is NOT a replacement for Competence. Sometime I feel like we are beating a dead horse or perhaps a unicorn? I just read a GREAT blog post from John Hunter of Curious Cat Management – Leadership and Management. Having also written about my concern separating leadership from management.

Six Ways To Earn The Trust Of Those Around You

Tim Milburn

You may have charisma, an outstanding talent, the ability to communicate well, and the most capable team on the planet. I walked into the room full of newly elected student leaders. You could feel the excitement. You could sense that each one of them was motivated to do his or her very best.

5 Steps To Team Building. It is not team building activities, it is team structure and accountability

Mike Cardus

So the quest for magical charisma goes on. Below are 5 Steps to ensure that team-work gets accomplished and everyone knows what to-do. Image Credit. organizational structure, accountability systems, and working relationships are somewhat boring.

Why is it hard to get support for your first startup?

Rajesh Setty

You don’t have the courage, confidence and charisma to win deals without the “complete” product. In general, startups are super hard.

How To Achieve Executive Presence

Eric Jacobson

Her book, Forget a Mentor: Find a Sponsor , was named one of the ten best business books of 2013 and won the Axiom Book Award.

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

Harvard Business Review

from Argentina to Norway and the USA to Japan ) is the fact that manifestations of hubris — often masked as charisma or charm — are commonly mistaken for leadership potential , and that these occur much more frequently in men than in women.

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

Harvard Business Review

Mistake #3 : People often think of "leadership" in terms of personality characteristics, usually as something they call charisma. Since few people have great charisma, this leads logically to the conclusion that few people can provide leadership, which gets us into increasing trouble.

Give Workers the Power to Choose: Cave or Commons

Harvard Business Review

Not so long ago occupying the "corner office" was a sign that managers had reached the pinnacle of status in their organizations.

The Economy of Punishment

Harvard Business Review

That these guys who had run drug businesses had all these entrepreneurial characteristics like scrappiness, charisma, and real skills in leadership and management." We love hearing historical stories about Robin Hood-like men, about bank robbers, pirates and outlaws on the run.

The Three Pillars Of Executive Presence

Eric Jacobson

Her book, Forget a Mentor: Find a Sponsor , was named one of the ten best business books of 2013 and won the Axiom Book Award.

Don’t Move to Silicon Valley Without Preparation

Harvard Business Review

Beyond equity, you have two things to rely on: vision and personal charisma. We hear a lot about technology and globalization these days, especially how they are hollowing out the American middle class. But there has been an immense positive impact from the globalization of entrepreneurship, making Silicon Valley’s formula of technology-based start-ups an international instrument for economic development. I live amid this trend, living and breathing it daily.

Favorites of 2012: Team Building and Leadership Blog Articles

Mike Cardus

Charisma is NOT a replacement for Competence. Looking forward to meeting and working with your team and leaders in 2013. With the end of the year approaching, this week is great to share some of my favorites of 2012.

2012 ~ A Year in Review with Dr Seuss, Darwin & Hemingway Too.

You're Not the Boss of Me

Leadership – What’s Charisma Got To Do With It? I hope it has served you well and will continue to do so in 2013. This week, I’m joining a myriad of others in reflection.

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

At Echoing Green we've learned that more important than charisma is what we call resource magnetism. "Would you take a look at my business plan?". Some member of our staff at Echoing Green, an angel investor and grantmaker in social enterprise, hears this request every week.

Why Young Bankers, Lawyers, and Consultants Need Emotional Intelligence

Harvard Business Review

According to a 2013 study by American Express , EQ is one of the biggest predictors of performance in the workplace and a strong driver of leadership and personal excellence. EQ is more than charisma or personality. Vincent Tsui for HBR. Early in your career — whether it’s in banking, law, consulting or accounting — you will discover that all of your colleagues are as smart and hard working as you.