Charisma can become a counterfeit for character. Charisma, defined by Wikipedia as a compelling attractiveness or charm that can inspire devotion in others, can help character-based leaders. When a leader has charisma, their charm inspires others. Charisma works like an emotional intelligence that enables leaders to be graceful in relationships.
But if that charisma masks the truth, it becomes a counterfeit of character. Our world is one where image matters. Character-based leaders try to fix the true person, the source of the inspiration, influence and leadership rather than simply trying to mask it.
Character is what’s truly on the inside – the real you. If we believe in the power of character-based leadership we won’t substitute charisma.
Our character will dictate the charisma. Maybe we’re not very charismatic.
Character-based leaders don’t need charisma. Charisma makes a few things easier. But in the end, true character inspires, especially when bundled with a great idea and excellent execution. True character creates true influence.
To generate influence through any other means is simply manipulation.
True character creates true influence.