“Natural charisma” is often discussed when people describe certain leaders in our society. Bill Clinton, for one, is apparently tremendously charismatic in person. There are numerous other examples – people who just have “it” – power and personal force that compels others to listen and follow.Is charisma something that can be taught, or, are some of us doomed to never satisfactorily command a leadership position just because we lack that “X” quantity that people describe as charisma? The first thing required to answer this question is the definition of “charisma.” According to the Oxford English dictionary, “charisma” is compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others. That’s okay – not a great definition, though. It seems to us that this definition is too mystical. It doesn’t say anything about what charisma is.
In the book, The Charisma Myth, the author goes further to describe what charisma is made of:
Charisma gets people to like you, trust you, and want to be led by you. It can determine whether you’re seen as a follower or a leader, whether your ideas get adopted, and how effectively your projects are implemented.Further, she says: Charismatic behavior can be broken down into three core elements: