Friday, April 23, 2010

Charismatic Leaders

One of the lessons I have learned is how the obscured, ‘dark side’ of a leader’s personality can undermine the worthwhile goals he or she wants to achieve.

If you aspire to be a leader, you have a responsibility to discover which traits contribute to the dark side of your personality - usually more apparent in times of frustration and stress.

When an organization begins to revolve around its charismatic leader, it signifies that all is not well. ‘Kharisma’ is a Greek word translated as ‘blessed by God.’ It is compelling charm that may inspire loyalty and fascination. Not easy to identify initially, because charisma, in a sense, only exists in the follower’s perception. Does the leader exude charisma, or do the followers and organization construct it around them?

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