Characteristics Of Charisma

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Charisma. Is it a trait we are born with or is a skill that can be honed and sharpened? Are there attributes in our personality that lends itself to charisma? Is this attribute, trait or skill a positive or a negative? The answers to these questions are as convoluted as the definitions of charisma. This word finds in origin in Greek meaning “divinely inspired gift” (DuBrin, 2013, p.73). Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines charisma as “having great charm or appeal” (2016). How could appeal be negative? The Cambridge online dictionary defines charisma as “a special power that some people have naturally that makes them able to influence other people and attract their attention and admiration” (2016). Special powers? Is this why we can easily recognize the most
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In other words, I cannot be charismatic on my own. I would have to exude behavior that is deemed charismatic by others. Therefore, charismatic leaders are made. What attributes or characteristics would I need to become a charismatic leader? Charismatic leaders are energetic, have self-promoting personality, romantic risks and are emotionally expressive (DuBrin, 2013, p.80). We are said to have charisma when others like the combination of our behavior, actions, and words appease them (Haney et al, 2010). We’ve established where I land on the emotionally expressive scale. However, I am energetic and very action oriented. I am often complimented by my manager on my ability to get things done on time. With regards to the other qualities of self-promotion and risks, these are areas of challenge for me. I would prefer others to applaud my accomplishments and try to avoid risks frequently. How charismatic am I? Based upon these assessments and definitions, it would certainly appear that I need to further develop my charisma leadership

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