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Charismatic Leadership Presentation

Robbie Larew and Jason Smith

Jason Smith

on 4 January 2014

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Transcript of Charismatic Leadership Presentation

Charismatic Leadership
Charismatic leaders are essentially very skilled communicators – individuals who are both verbally eloquent, but also able to communicate to followers on a deep, emotional level. They are able to articulate a compelling or captivating vision, and are able to arouse strong emotions in followers.
Charismatic Leaders use a wide range of methods to manage their image and, if they are not naturally charismatic, may practice at developing their skills. They may engender trust through visible self-sacrifice and taking personal risks in the name of their beliefs. They will show great confidence in their followers. They are very persuasive and make very effective use of body language as well as verbal language. They also make effective use of storytelling, including the use of symbolism and metaphor.

Charismatic Leaders who are building a group, whether it is a political party, a cult or a business team, will often focus strongly on making the group very clear and distinct, separating it from other groups. They will then build the image of the group, in particular in the minds of their followers, as being far superior to all others.

The Charismatic Leader will typically attach themselves firmly to the identify of the group, such that to join the group is to become one with the leader. In doing so, they create an unchallengeable position for themselves.

Charismatic vs Transformational Leadership
Charismatic Leaders Assume:

Charm and grace are all that is needed to create followers.
Self-belief is a fundamental need of leaders.
People follow others that they personally admire.

They may pay such attention to the person they are talking to at any one moment, making that person feel like they are, for that time, the most important person in the world. Charismatic Leaders are experts at scanning and reading their environment, and are good at picking up the moods and concerns of both individuals and larger audiences. They then will hone their actions and words to suit the situation.
A charismatic leadership style resembles transformational leadership: both types of leaders inspire and motivate their team members.

The difference lies in their intent. Transformational leaders want to transform their teams and organizations, while leaders who rely on charisma often focus on themselves and their own ambitions, and they may not want to change anything.

Charismatic leaders might believe that they can do no wrong, even when others warn them about the path that they're on. This feeling of invincibility can severely damage a team or an organization, as was shown in the 2008 financial crisis.

The Dangers of Charismatic Leadership

Things get done, and the organization survives, but employees endure the flaws of the person in charge.

"The biggest thing that can derail a leader is arrogance, and a lack of concern or responsiveness to followers and constituents."
Identifying Charismatic Leaders

Look for award winners or the CEOs most frequently decorating the covers of magazines. 35% of the Chief Executives who won the title "Manager of the Year" in Germany presided over huge strategic blunders.

Contrast this with the "intelligent conservatives" who know the company from top to bottom, and in a meeting, they always stand out because they're the ones doing all the listening.








It's fun (or not so fun) to follow a leader...
Charisma matters when it comes to building partnerships and doing advocacy work.
People who are aloof or cold inevitably have a harder time implementing their vision.
Setting strategy and getting the right people involved is more important and effective.
Leveraging Charisma...
Fun = Cesar Chavez. The labor and civil rights activist was a thoughtful speaker, but it was his passion when speaking, plus an ability to relate to ordinary people - his charisma - that made so many flock to his cause

Not Fun = Jim Jones got 900 members of his People's Temple to commit mass suicide in the jungles of Guyana
Charisma is really a process – an interaction between the qualities of the charismatic leader, the followers, their needs and identification with the leader, as well as the situation that calls out for a charismatic leader, such as a need for change or a crisis.
9c's of Leadership - Lee Iacocca
Reflective Questions - Please discuss for a few minutes and prepare to share with the group.
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