The best leaders are highly adaptable and willing to use multiple styles of leadership in order to get a job done effectively. One of the most difficult styles for many people to incorporate is that of a charismatic leader. Many of the best leaders today have an introverted personality instead of an extroverted one, which means they are not naturally inclined to be charismatic. By including these specific examples, however, any leader can have the charisma present that is needed at any given time.
Self Confidence is Key to Success
When you like yourself, then it becomes easier to like others. It also means that you’re less likely to judge who you are based on the communicated preferences of others. Charismatic leaders don’t just see a glass as being half-full. They see that there is an opportunity to fill that glass all the way up again.
Always Tell Your Story
Charismatic leaders are excellent at business because they are great storytellers. What gets people involved in business today is a story that relates to them in some way. When you tell your own stories, you’ll create a captive audience and develop a team that wants to work for you because they feel like they know you on a more intimate level.
Keep the Issues at Home
Charismatic leaders don’t bring home problems to work or work problems home. Get your team focused on work problems and the job will get done quickly without people wondering if they need to be your counselor for the day.
Your non-verbal communication is even more important as a charismatic leader than your verbal communication. Charismatic leaders own whatever room they happen to be in. They don’t overdo it, but they will be authentic and greet people warmly. Just be authentic. If you’re trying to fake it to make it, people will notice.
Steer the Focus Away from Yourself
There’s a mistaken perception that charismatic leaders want to hog all of the attention, but that simply isn’t true. Charisma is something that deserves to be shared, which means this leadership style does its best to make every person feel like they are the most important person in the entire universe. This puts people at ease, but only if you keep your ego stuffed and locked up in your back pocket.
Listen First Before Speaking
People will share an amazing amount of information with you if you’re willing to keep your mouth shut. Allow people to speak first and approach you with what they wish to speak about. You don’t have to remember every single detail, but you do need to be actively involved in a conversation. Don’t let your mind wander or start scoping the room for that salmon cracker spread.
It’s Appropriate Humor That is Good
Charismatic leaders get into trouble sometimes because their jokes seem good in their head, but they come out and make a bad first impression. Self-depreciation is ok to a point, but keeps yourself in the conversation. Offending people might be funny, but it might also be the end of your career.