Character vs. Charisma in Leadership

Lead Change Blog

Self Leadership Character Character-based Leadership charisma charismatic leader image integrityPosted in Self Leadership Character-based leadership is leading from who you are, not your position or power. Your character creates true influence, especially when your character also includes being competent. Your rank in the company or your title doesn’t create real leadership influence, but a substitute influence that manipulates others to do what you want done.

Understanding The Value Of Charisma In Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

To begin, let us first understand that charisma is not simply about having this natural charm or a magnetic aura that some of us seem to naturally possess to draw in those around us. Last week, I had the pleasure of giving the keynote speech at the 2014 NAED LEAD Conference held in Chicago.

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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 Questions… Answers From Olivia Fox Cabane

Let's Grow Leaders

If you are just tuning in to our Charisma Experiment, a group of my readers and I have been on a journey exploring the concepts and techniques discussed in Olivia Fox Cabane’s book, The Charisma Myth. The post Charisma Questions… Answers From Olivia Fox Cabane appeared first on Let's Grow Leaders.

The Charisma Experiment Continues: Questions for Olivia

Let's Grow Leaders

Albert Einstein Last week, I was inspired to read The Charisma Myth, by Olivia Fox Cabane, and wrote a post on the subject, Got Charisma: and Invitation to Experiment. Help People to Grow appraisal charisma experiment karin hurt mid year feedback olivia fox cabane questions the charisma myth“It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” ?

Charisma Confusion: It’s Often a Weakness and Humility a Strength

The Practical Leader

Numerous studies show that charisma isn’t a key quality of highly effective leaders. The post Charisma Confusion: It’s Often a Weakness and Humility a Strength appeared first on The Clemmer Group. Is humility a key trait of highly effective leaders?

Portrait of Charisma: Something About Larry

Let's Grow Leaders

As we have been working through our “Charisma Project,” I have been on the look out for signs of great charisma in every day life, and realized it’s time for me to talk about Larry. Do What You Love Help People to Grow charisma Everyday karin hurt Kickboxing Larry Owensel life Portrait

10 ways to Enhance Charisma

Leadership Freak

Admiration converts to influence. Charismatic leaders achieve results through presence and personality. People seek the approval of charismatic leaders. They love giving them what they want. Magnetism and influence characterize charismatic leaders. 10… Continue reading → Courage Feedback Humility Influence Leading Marks of leaders Optimism Saying No courageous leaders Leadership Leadership Development leadership success Power Serving

Leaders Must Have Charisma

Women on Business

NEWS AND INSIGHTS UPDATE: The most successful leaders have great ideas and skills, but they also have charisma. Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter explains that charisma comes to some people naturally while others have to work to develop it. At its core, charisma entices people to have faith in you and follow you, but you have to be able to back up your charisma with real results. Get the details: Why You Need Charisma via

Seven Charisma Killers

Leading Blog

The Laws of Charisma

Leading Blog

Got Charisma? An Invitation to Experiment

Let's Grow Leaders

However, I have been intrigued with the “can charisma be taught” conversation gaining momentum. Communicate Vision with Energy and Big Fun charisma charismatic experiment leader leadership olivia fox cabane personal magnetism the charisma myth“Are leaders born or made?” ” I’ve always hated that question– way too simplistic for real life.

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

Kevin Eikenberry

Today’s Resource Recommendation is The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane. Often charisma makes that list. Books Leadership Charisma Olivia Fox CabaneIn leadership workshops, I often ask people to create a list of characteristics or skills of highly successful leaders. When that item gets mentioned, or when we review the [.].

The Laws of Charisma

CEO Blog

And I do exercise a bit so perhaps it is true that I get less colds. ++ I read a book by Kurt Mortensen called " The Laws of Charisma - How to Captivate, Inspire and Influence for Maximum Success ". I had previously read that there is no connection between charisma and success as a CEO. This book makes a convincing case that it does matter and goes on to outline how anyone can improve their charisma.

What Charisma Is NOT


This one subtly tackles the idea that Charismatic leadership requires a strong extroverted charisma. Besides the potential for disaster, there’s also some new research suggesting that traditional charisma isn’t required for solid leadership. Leadership charisma charismatic

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?

Want charisma? Know who you are and act accordingly.


His charisma is just who he is. For the record, charisma can reside in evil leaders too. Charisma isn’t magic and it can be within your reach when you make a conscious decision to be true to who you are. . Robert (not his real name) is one of the most charismatic leaders I’ve ever known. Simultaneously he also happens to be ethical, effective, influential and even inspiring.

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.

Joe’s Journal: On Charisma and Leadership

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries Abraham Lincoln “Beware Charisma” Drucker Institute Dwight Eisenhower George Marshall Harry Truman Hitler Joe's Journal: On Charisma and Leadership Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Exchange (Dx Joseph A. Here is the latest post by Joseph A. Maciariello featured in the Joe’s Journal series at the Drucker Exchange (Dx) sponsored by the Drucker Institute.

Can Charisma Be Taught? The 90% Theory And Why That Can Be Enough

Terry Starbucker

Home About Me About This Blog Starbucker’s Amazon Store Ramblings From a Glass Half Full Can Charisma Be Taught? The 90% Theory And Why That Can Be Enough by Starbucker on October 10, 2010 Jack Welch at the World Business Forum, October 5 2010 (Photo by Charisma – “ a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty ” (Webster Dictionary) You notice them the minute they enter a room. Charisma CAN be taught – to a degree.

Yes, You Can Develop More Charisma – But There May Be Limits

First Friday Book Synopsis

Randy's blog entries charisma David Halberstam Katharine Graham Olivia Fox Cabane Phil Graham The Charisma Myth The Powers That BeHe was the incandescent man. Phil Graham walked into a room and took it over, charming and seducing whomever he wished, men and women alike. No one in Washington could match him at all, not even, in the days before he became President, John F. Kennedy. Everyone adored Phil Graham. David Halberstam, The Powers that [.].

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 Charisma Myth: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism Olivia Fox Cabane Portfolio/The Penguin Group (2012) Here is a generous provision of “practical, immediately applicable tools with measurable results” Whatever you call it (some call it a “sixth sense”), most of us realize when we are in the presence of people who [.].

Charisma is NOT a replacement for Competence

Mike Cardus

Just because he is caring or exudes great charisma for the work does not mean that he has the competence to handle the position. Competence of the people on your team will lead to increased productivity and effectiveness of the organization and people.

Weekly Round-Up: Engage Employees, Do Leaders Need Charisma, Knowing Yourself, Company Leaders of the Future, & Structuring Unforgettable Messaging


This week you’ll read articles on how to engage employees in your customer experience strategy, do you need charisma to be a good boss, how well do you know yourself, five skills you’ll need to lead the company of the future, and 3 ways effective communicators structure unforgettable messages.

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.

Book Review: Leadership Charisma

Chartered Management Institute

The book is well laid out, easy to follow and a full bibliography is useful for further reference. Reviewed by Andrew May FCMI. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

Helicopter Leadership

Great Leadership By Dan

Charisma-Based Leadership Stephen KlemichGuest post from Stephen Klemich : It is often asked, what is the difference between Leadership and Management?

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?

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

Five Great Reads from the First Half of the Year

Kevin Eikenberry

Books Leadership Learning Charisma habit optimism thinkingThe end of the year typically brings book reading lists, and a variety of “best of’s”. I like these lists and have created them myself. Today, as I finish my vacation, I asked myself, why make people wait until the end of the year? Below are my five favorite reads of the year so far, [.].

The Elements of Transformational Leadership

Skip Prichard

It suggests charisma, devotion, awe and emotional attachment. This extract from Wellbeing at Work by Cary Cooper and Ian Hesketh is ©2019 and reproduced with permission from Kogan Page Ltd. Transformational leadership.

Unemotional Leadership—an Oxymoron

Lead on Purpose

The common thread connecting these names is passion, others might call it charisma. The Components of Charisma. Defining charisma is difficult. While we know it when we see it, like love, it is difficult to define because both charisma and love are experienced on an emotional rather than rational level. Those with charisma understand who they are. Generating that interest is what leadership is all about and charisma plays a large role in successful leadership.

Why You Need Charisma

Harvard Business Review

The emerging leaders and rising entrepreneurs on whom I place my bets have one thing in common besides a promising idea: a lot of charisma. Charisma isn't oratory or rhetoric; Lee is not a polished speaker or writer. Charisma isn't devoid of substance, either.

Do You Need Charisma to Be a Great Public Speaker?

Harvard Business Review

How to deliver your message without distracting your audience. Presentations Communication Digital Article

The Dark Side of Charisma

Harvard Business Review

Most people think charisma is as vital to leadership as it is to rock stars or TV presenters and, unfortunately, they are right. However, the short-term benefits of charisma are often neutralized by its long-term consequences. In fact, there are big reasons for resisting charisma: 1.

Can Charisma Be Taught?

Harvard Business Review

Indeed, "perhaps only in Silicon Valley would a group of engineers think they could hack their way to charisma with a series of neuroscientific shortcuts." Brain Games The Charm Hacker Matter Olivia Fox Cabane is an introvert who was an outcast in school. Today she earns six figures teaching people, mostly up-and-coming Silicon Valley leaders, how to be charismatic.

Authentic Leadership

Coaching Tip

Source: Byrd Baggett: Charisma Based Leadership: How to Be the Leader that Everyone Wants to Follow (Good Things to Know). Your perception of me is more important than my perception of me. . Behavioral Awareness.

How Charismatic and Incompetent Managerial-Leaders are Destructive

Mike Cardus

Mark oozed charisma , his staff went above and beyond to do their best work for him. Mark’s charisma appeared to work well during the high consumer demand. Mark’s charisma was put to the test with a rapid decrease in customer demand and increased competition for their customers.

The Connection Between Speed and Charisma

Harvard Business Review

Bill von Hippel, professor at the University of Queensland, on how the ability to think and respond quickly makes someone seem more charismatic. Download this podcast. Psychology Influence Audio

Are You an Engaging Leader, or Just a Smooth Talker?

Engaging Leader

For example, Adolf Hitler had a magnetic charisma but […]. If communication is a tool for cultivating and influencing, then communication is power … the power to make a difference in people’s lives, for better or worse.

You Don’t Need Charisma to Be an Inspiring Leader

Harvard Business Review

The problem is that most leaders believe that in order to inspire other people, they must exude the uncommon charisma of someone like Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, Jr., Virtually every leader wishes they had the power to inspire people to change.

Too Much Charisma Can Make Leaders Look Less Effective

Harvard Business Review

But our research shows that while having at least a moderate level of charisma is important, having too much may hinder a leader’s effectiveness. First, it’s important to understand what charisma is. Traditional models of charismatic leadership state that charisma is not a personality trait, but simply exists in the eye of the beholder. In other words, charisma is attributed to someone , as opposed to being grounded in one’s personality.