How personal charisma drives success
Personal charisma has increasingly become an important ingredient for business executives in their pursuit of success. A charismatic business executive is a problem- solving optimist who can deliver bad news well, bring the required players to the table, and keep them talking and inspired. More complex constituents that make up charisma can include: • A restless compulsion to challenge the status quo. • Not to be flustered by chaos. • A clear vision to explore an uncharted territory. • An ability to articulate one’s vision compellingly to any
audience and to imbue it with a sense of great importance. • The skill to create a sense that no other person can. • The ability to inspire those around to do extraordinary things. But charisma also tends to be confused with narcissism. However, there is a clear distinction between the two. One way to tell this difference is by the degree which the business executive is willing to share credit for success and to accept blame for failure. On the other hand narcissists do not accept blames.
Importantly, there may be a number of accomplished executives who may possess a strategic vision and leadership skills but not necessarily charisma. Clearly, charisma does not handle conflict resolution with labour union, restructuring the policies for a wondrous turnover or struggling through a querulous board. Instead, these charismatic leaders are considered as gods who rarely care about the balance sheet.
The example of young dynamic leaders at young tech companies can be analyzed for charisma, where almost religious devotion to a leader’s plans can be observed. These organizations have charismatic people who possess the skill to infuse a dramatic, powerful significance in what might otherwise seem a mundane goal. It is observed that under charismatic leaders, people work with a high level of emotional intensity.
The charismatic leader creates an environment, where the workers view their assignments as a higher cause which should be served single- mindedly. This becomes possible because charismatic executives possess a tendency to fight routine, create business methods and work at odds with to establish a long- term profit structure. A charismatic business executive brings health to a sick organizational structure and also keeps the healthy one fit, usually not a common trait.
Now, during job interviews, organizations mostly hire experts to assess genuine charisma. This helps in filtering out the desired self- confidence from the dark side of an almost grandiose self- importance in a candidate who has a disdain for his subordinates.
Equally precautious experts do not count charisma as a magic bullet for business success. Because, they say, no matter how much of a dedicated following a business executive may gather, in the end his actual worth lies in profitability, growth, employee retention and extension to the larger community