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The 5 Characteristics That Make a Charismatic Leader

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/297710

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The 5 Characteristics That Make a Charismatic Leader
5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Defining what makes a good leader is hard. Great leaders have certain qualities that are difficult to identify and pin down, begging the question: Why do people follow them? Often, the answer has to do with an indescribable "it" factor -- a charisma that attracts others to them.

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Confidence And Leadership

Confidence And Leadership

To be a stronger leader, you need to practice self-confidence. If you’re always second-guessing yourself and feeling shy around your coworkers, they won’t follow you.

Confident leaders have a strong sense of self and rarely express self-doubt. They understand who they are and are comfortable in their own skin. Charismatic leaders are also optimists. They see the glass as half full instead of half empty and are always looking on the bright side.

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Leaders And Creativity

Leaders And Creativity

Charismatic leaders think outside the box and aren’t afraid to push the limits.

While others may see this kind of push as risky, these leaders are the ones leading the way and driving innovation. When a problem arises, leaders don’t see only the difficulties. Instead, they rise to the challenge and see it as an opportunity. In business, this creativity can lead to powerful change and transformation, which can inspire and motivate others.

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Having A Vision And Knowing How To Communicate It

"Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” - Simon Sinek

Because leaders value innovation, they are focused on the future and how they can improve it. They have a dream and direction that motivates and inspires others.

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Leadership Determination

Leadership Determination

Leaders are focused on getting results and accomplishing what they set out to do. They don’t give up when things get tough. Instead, they push through and continue even when they encounter challenges.

To achieve their dream, leaders set specific goals and work to achieve them by bringing their teams together, developing an organized strategy and working hard.

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Leadership Communication

Leadership Communication

Leaders are clear and articulate with their words and ensure that each statement has a purpose.

Leaders are also aware of their body language. They have good posture and maintain eye contact with the people they are talking to. They are comfortable speaking in front of large groups as well as one on one. No matter what the situation, they articulate their goals and vision.

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Clarity

Great leaders are clear and concise at all times. They understand their vision and what needs to be accomplished.

This gives others the opportunity to digest their goals and decide whether or...

Decisiveness

Great leaders don't hesitate to commit and rarely back out or change their minds unless it is necessary.

Courage

Boldness is something you can develop. 

Although some people are naturally more fearless than others, practicing how to be fearless--or at least project fearlessness--is a completely doable task.

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Steve Job's effectiveness boiled down to this:

He inspired team members first so that they were driven to live up to his exacting standards when the situation called for it.

Get this equation backwards and you will wonder why&...

The formula for being an inspirational driver

  • Know your "noble cause." Jobs understood that if teams don’t find their work meaningful, they perceive challenging directives from a leader as arbitrary demands rather than a call to sacrifice for a higher purpose.
  • Tell your story early and often. If you can’t weave your ideas into a clear, compelling story, those ideas remain abstract words likely to be forgotten.
  • Push, but within boundaries. Make sure you have a clear end point and time line in mind before you go into "push" mode. Intense work with no clear end in sight is demoralizing.

Humble Leaders

Research shows that humble leaders improve the performance of a company, creating more collaborative environments. They are balanced, appreciative and open to new ideas and feedback. They kn...

Charismatic Leaders

Charismatic professionals execute a certain magnetism and presence that automatically lead others to endorse them as leaders.

They have high levels of energy, unconventional behaviour and seem to be doing heroic deeds. We seem to be hardwired to seek and endorse over-glorified 'Superhero' like leaders.

Narcissist Leaders

Charismatic leaders can also be narcissists in some cases, having self-serving and grandiose intentions, taking advantage of their followers and abusing their power.

Even though they are generally perceived as arrogant, their bold vision and fearless attitude make them radiate an image of effective leaders, making them a high-risk, high-reward proposition.