Dubrin (2012) defines Charismatic leadership as a positive and compelling quality that makes many others want to be led by the person who has it. Are you a charismatic leader? Charismatic leaders have a purpose, power, and extraordinary determination that makes them very different from others. These leaders generally have a charming and colorful personality that allows for others to like them. Charismatic leaders use this ability to impress others as a way of cultivating their relationships with group members.
The effects of charismatic leadership tend to lead to group members who trust what the leaders believes, begin to shape their own beliefs after those of the leader, accept the leader with out question, are loyal, and obedient to the leader. Charismatic leaders tend to develop group members who can identify with them and try to emulate them. In addition, Charismatic leaders have emotional connections to the mission of the organization and get group members to reach for big goals and feel they contribute to goal attainment.
According to DuBrin (2012), there are several types of Charismatic Leaders. There are leaders who hold back on the use of power and are called Socialized Charismatics. Personalized Charismatics are leaders who generally use power to serve their own interests. Office-Holder Charismatics attain their power and charisma mainly from the official position in the organization that they hold. Personal Charismatics are leaders who gain esteem from the followers’ trust in them. The authors describe Divine Charismatics as those who have magnetism qualities. Finally, Celebrity Charismatics describe leaders who have public celebrity combined with socialized and personalized traits.
Charismatic leaders are visionaries, tend to be very good communicators, have the ability to inspire trust, and can make group members feel capable to meeting big goals. These leaders tend to have lots of energy and are action oriented with emotional intelligence and warmth. Charismatic leaders tend to use unconventional strategies for attaining goals and are dramatic and unique.
Are you a Charismatic Leader? Follow these tips for developing the skill to be an effective Charismatic leader:
1. Create vision for others
2. Be enthusiastic, optimistic, and energetic
3. Remember people’s names
4. Be persistent.
Dubrin, Andrew. (2012). Leadership: Research Findings, Practice, and Skills, 7th Edition