February 10, 2013

Charisma: Nature or Nurture?

In my previous blog, I discussed whether leaders are born or made, which happens to be a fairly old topic. As far as charisma is concerned, there is a very strong notion that charisma is an innate quality that nature seems to bless some of us with. Charisma encompasses the emotional intelligence and grace that draws people towards us. Being an effective communicator is just one aspect of being charismatic. It is a power which is strongly embedded in our relationship and interpersonal skills, along with our ability to communicate both intellectually and emotionally with people, and, thereby, forming deep connections with them. Whether it is a divine gift or a skilled art which is honed over time as a result of education, training and social interactions is open to debate. However, whilst I do feel that acquiring charisma can be a transitional/transformational behavioural process, I also feel that some people are better at developing charisma than others irrespective of the education, training, etc. To conclude, charisma is both a gift of nature and nurture. Whilst there are naturally influential and charismatic individuals, leadership attributes like charisma can be developed and nurtured over time.

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