Experiencing once with psychedelic substances Steve Jobs or joining the brigade of his workers John Davison Rockefeller, are two of many examples of original and extraordinary businessmen. Each of them was also a charismatic leader. But what is charisma really and what is its role in business?
What does charisma mean?
There is no single definition of charisma. The term comes from Greek and means “gift,” derived from theology in which it means “God’s gift.” And indeed we can interpret the term like this today. It is undoubtedly a gift, a trait, a talent, an innate ability to focus attention and to induce a reflex of obedience. Not by force or deception, but by argumentation combined with a natural, unforced and obvious authority. This, of course, can be called charisma. It cannot be taught or trained, it is impossible to teach her or someone strength. One is born with charisma, the other is not born. The trick is to discover this feature and utilize it well – both for your own benefit and for the good of the environment.
A charismatic leader is a treasure for a group managed by such an individual. The group, led by a charismatic leader, is positively strengthened. Its morale and motivation increase. The people in the group are willing to act even more effectively. A charismatic manager is a real added value to a harmonious group of task performers. Unfortunately, it is worse when such a leader only thinks he has charisma but it isn’t so. Lack of this feature is picked up very quickly by the group. The boss’s authority is melting faster than the snow falling in May. A leader who imagines that he has a natural impact on his clients and bases his strategy and tactics on this, harms himself and the group. First of all, it hurts doing business. Such a leader is simply a tyrant who forces everything.
Between charisma and tyranny
Most often, the group senses that they are dealing with a charismatic leader. Nobody needs to explain it to her or prove it. It is enough for such a manager to start his work with the group, outline the goals and activities. He will say what and how he wants to do. And after such a short introduction, the group knows or at least guesses that their leader is the right person in the right place. Things are much worse when it comes to the feelings and beliefs of the leader himself. When such a person does not have a distance to himself and is also convinced that he has a mission to fulfill and will act according to the rule “the end justifies the means”, then the group they lead can have a hard life.
Charismatic leader and his gropup
For this reason, it is worth analyzing your own attitude and – if it is us who are to guide someone – think about whether we really have enough abilities to do so. How to do it? First of all, you should keep as much distance and abstinence towards yourself as possible. Avoid self-assault. Communicate with your own group and listen to their softest whispers or comments under your breath. The group will let us know that we are wrong and that there are better, simpler ways. If this happens, let’s not panic. Let’s not prove at all costs that we are the smartest. Let’s stick to the style and argue for our solutions, but let’s not stamp our feet and do not be offended by others. Do not insult anyone. When the group finds out that we count on its opinion and that we listen to its instructions, then it will gain more trust for us as its leader. She will want to work with us because she will see that you all share a common goal.
All tyranny always fail
If you do otherwise, there is a great fear that you will ruin your achievements, e.g. break good contact with regular customers or, at best, worsen your relations with them. When you decide to prove who rules here by force, you will first of all cause a huge wave of frustration and dissatisfaction, secondly you will encounter resistance, which will cost you a lot of energy and time, thirdly – and this is the darkest scenario – you will deprive yourself of the leadership position. All tyranny always fail. Their fate is always the same, and only depends on the tyrant’s internal strength and determination whether the fall is fast and painful or delayed, but also very severe. There is no happy end in such stories.
A charismatic leader is like a good parent
The features of a charismatic leader are those of a good parent. Who among you is a mom or dad knows them by heart, or at least should know. Kindness, forbearance, caring, justice, severity, consistency, honesty and steadfastness. These are the basic qualities that a leader should aspire to be a charismatic person. Check and see if you have them, but even if you think so and when the environment tells you that you are a charismatic character, you do not be too flattered and act as if nothing has come to you about it. The trap of self-grip acts as a self-winding launcher, which with a bang throws far at the cars of all who believed in their own genius and supernatural power. Avoid it! If you really have charisma, then you don’t have to prove it. It will just be seen!