The sociologist Max Weber described a charismatic individual as someone who is ‘endowed  with a divine grace’.  A charismatic individual has a magnetic charm that is attractive to others. They are able to influence people through personal appeal. On the face of it, charisma appears to be a genetic characteristic; it is something that a person inherits rather than learns. However, recent research suggests that individuals can learn to be charismatic. There are a series of behaviors that can be acquired through knowledge acquisition and practice of the skills.  One of the most important things you can do to be charismatic is to use powerful language that inspires others. Charismatic leaders are visionary and are able to articulate effectively on the power of honesty, integrity and craftsmanship.

There is a difference between a leader and a boss. A boss tells you what to do whereas a leader shows you what to do. One of the characteristics of effective leaders is that they are excellent role models and they practice what they preach. Charismatic leaders set a personal example by displaying behaviors that are congruent with their vision or mission. They also have confidence in themselves and this confidence is contagious.

Towler, A. J. (2003). Effects of charismatic influence training on attitudes, behavior, and

performance. Personnel Psychology, 56: 363–381.



I am a published author. I was born in England and now live in the United States! I have a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. In my spare time, I like to run.

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