“The most dangerous leadership myth… asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” - Warren Bennis, Leadership Scholar
Charismatic leaders and managers create and maintain a work environment where people are emotionally and intellectually committed to the organization’s goals. Not only does charisma foster a positive work environment, but it also plays a vital role in helping managers achieve a strong loyalty, respect, and even love from their employees.It has been said many times that charismatic leaders are born, not made. However, as Warren Bennis said, “That’s nonsense; in fact the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.” Charisma is in the eye of the beholder. The beholder is both yourself and those around you, so developing charisma is a two-fold process. It is crucial that you focus on getting to know and understand your people, so you can begin to develop a managerial style that is charismatic to each individual. Yet, if others are to perceive you as charismatic, you must first perceive yourself as such.