Charismatic become, and often define, the group they lead. Charm and persuasion are intertwined with leadership to inspire action from their followers.
Characteristics of Charismatic Leadership
1) Charm and Attention
Leaders who adopt a Charismatic Leadership approach often do so out of their natural disposition to use charm and persuasion to get things done. These leaders are often masters at manipulating words, playing with body language and exploiting emotions.
One common tactic used by these leaders is to shower personalized attention upon their followers. When conversing with a leader of this type, it’s quite usual to have a sense of high-worth and importance. Charismatic leaders are experts at making others feel good and part of this is meant as motivation.
2) Defining the Team
Charismatic Leaders often start to become the team. They build projects around themselves and secure themselves at the top. The image and perception of a group slowly becomes defined by the presence of the leader. When others refer to a particular project, they often identify by virtue of it being led by that specific leader.
Because of this, Charismatic Leaders often become entrenched in their positions. Their ability to fascinate others with their persona becomes a core value of the group they are in.
3) Personal Stakes
In comparison to other leaders, Charismatic Leaders often invest heavily in a particular group or project. Self-sacrifice is used as a persuasive tool to get others to invest together with them and follow in their steps.
The Benefits of being a Charismatic Leader
1) Its highly motivational
Charismatic Leaders are the epitome of motivators. Their entire modus operandi relies on their ability to motivate other into action. When it comes to beaten down projects where expectations are low and emotions are apathetic, these leaders are able to inject life and rally employees. By making individuals feel important, the project as a whole begins to develop importance.
2) It facilitates creativity
The form of motivation used by Charismatic Leaders isn’t monetary, but rather abstract. They create personal stakes and purpose in a project. Thus, creativity is limited by a cash sign, but an inherent need to perform and impress the leader. They use their personality as a way to motivate others into thinking outside the box; though this still relies on the leader being willing to provide flexibility in the workforce.
3) Its largely self-serving
On a more selfish note, adopting this form of leadership style is likely to boost future prospects. By becoming the central focus of a project, credit is mostly directed to the Charismatic Leader. Their personalities become an asset of its own and are more likely to be independently recognized by others outside the group. For selfish purposes and selfish purposes alone, this form of leadership is beneficial because it’s extremely rewarding for the individual.
One important thing to note is that charisma is a trait every leader should have. Transformational and Democratic Leaders rely on it nevertheless to accomplish their purposes. When it comes to Charismatic Leaders, the focus shifts more towards their charisma in itself, rather than on using it to encourage actions in a project.