Charisma is an Essential Characteristic for Leadership

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IGNITE Charisma itself is not genetically inclined and cannot be learned; however, it can be developed based on the passionate skill set one already obtains. Charisma can be defined as a special charm or appeal that causes people to feel attracted and excited by someone. "Charisma." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. . Therefore, charisma is an essential characteristic of charismatic leadership. INSPIRE The nature of an effective leader is to portray self-confidence, integrity, enthusiasm, courage, moral commitment, emotional connection, and drive, as well as having an optimistic point of view. Having the title of a leader is more than attaining a set of leadership skills; being a leader also relies on personal qualities that may be hard to see, but are very powerful-such as charisma (Daft, p.18). A charismatic leader creates an emotional impact on people which inspires them to go above and beyond in any task. Such leaders gain followers through their source of influence from their personal characteristics rather than power or their position of authority. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an example of a well-known charismatic leader. Not only did he passionately articulate a vision of equality among the people, but he also made personal sacrifices to help achieve his vision that appealed to how the people were feeling more than what they thought. Charismatic leaders can raise people’s consciousness about new possibilities and motivate them to transcend their own interest for the sake of the team, department, organization, or in this example, the people. (Daft. p. 364). CHANGE Charismatic leadership can produce motivation, creativity, and production.... ... middle of paper ... ...ple effect works because everyone influences everyone else. Powerful people are powerful influences. If your life works, you influence your family. If your family works, your family influences the community. If your community works, your community influences the nation. If your nation works, your nation influences the world. If your world works, the ripple effect spreads throughout the cosmos,” (John Heider, The Tao of Leadership, p.107). REFERENCE PAGE http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/nov2010/ca2010112_608471.htm http://changingminds.org/disciplines/leadership/styles/charismatic_leadership.htm http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/id/X00044EEA/ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charisma http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/change Daft, R. L. (2014). The leadership experience. (5th ed.). Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning
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