January 22, 2009

Charismatic leaders

As I wrote a few posts ago I always enjoyed leading (and I must say that I`m quite proud with the fact that I have been able to be a good follower several times lately, and I did it on a conscious way, a learning way, trying to understand what was the most productive behaviour, how other people behaved and led).  I also have always understood that my leadership skill was mainly based on my social skills, my charisma. But I always thought that leading by charisma was dangerous, not desirable, fragile and would not work in the long term. I was quite surprised reading the theory about it stating that ity was an useful ans perfectly understandable to be a charismatic leader and that it could be used just as much as any other leadership technique and that actually it was highly desirable in certain situations (specifically transformational ones). 

Well, I must say that I`m a rational person and I believe in science and experiment, but I`m still a bit unsure. And somehow I don`t want to be sure about that because I think that by not being sure I`ll force myself to learn new skills and leadership traits while keeping the charisma, i`ll not accommodate and still keep this ability. Certainty can be a poison to evolution in any aspect and leadership is no different. 

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  1. The way I see it is that charisma, although highly desirable, is not sufficient for leadership. Many leadership texts cite the words of Max Weber who defines it as “heavenly given gift”. Some people would kill to have charisma leadership ====> ME …. :)

    22 Jan 2009, 22:58

  2. Paul Roberts

    Perhaps an aspect of charismatic leadership that is worth considering is that the charisma is applied to the guiding principles and values of the leader concerned. Thus, if your guiding principles and values are thought to be sound based on societal values then your charisma will increase your influential effect in a beneficial way. Conversely…

    Thus, treat your charismatic characteristics as a gift and work on developing your guiding principles and values as a force for good and you’ll not have to worry about the possible dangers of charismatic leadership as far as its effect on your actions again.

    14 May 2009, 08:29

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