3 Dangers of Charismatic Leadership
A leader who employs too much charisma can come to rely on this ability as an end unto itself. Charismatic leaders can charm themselves.
Authentic leaders understand (and continually calibrate) the influence and authority they have by virtue of their position and personal attributes.
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An overly-charismatic leader draws focus from the rest of the organization by demanding all the attention. When the focus shifts to the personal characteristics of the leader, accountability is diminished.
The followers can become overly dependent on the leader for all manner of large and small directions and decisions. The enterprise loses the ability to be resilient in the face of changing realities.
... leaders must ask themselves:
Organizations with big visions are led by people who display significant charisma in order to keep the vision moving forward.
The leader must supply more charisma to keep the dynamic humming; the need shifts to growing charisma, not the organization’s ability to grow itself.
If you feel like you're influencing others for the wrong reasons, ask:
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