Monday, March 26, 2012

Leaders Don’t Need Charisma

A lot of people wonder if they can be a leader if they don't have charisma.  I'm not sure I really even know what charisma is.

I think what you need to do as a leader is be who you are. I think sincerity and caring are the qualities people look for in a leader—not some dashing person with charisma. Don't feel you have to play some sort of a role and try to be something you're not. On the other hand, if you're a person who does have that extroverted style, don't hold back. Be who you are, because that's who people want to get to know.

Leadership is about being authentic. And it's about reaching out to people in a way that says, "I think you're important. And I'd like to help you be the best you can be." People don't care if you have charisma. They just want to know that you care about them.

Thanks to How We Lead / Conversations on Leadership with Ken Blanchard


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