Charisma is a special personal quality that generates others’ interest and causes them to follow.
Napoleon makes the point that great leaders are optimists and merchants of hope. Optimism, a sense of adventure, and commitment to a cause are traits found in charismatic leaders. These are qualities that unleash the potential of others and bring forth their energies. Charisma is difficult to define, but the result is admiration, enthusiasm, and the loyalty of followers. Charismatic leaders in history include Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, and Elizabeth I.
As a leader, ask yourself, Do I possess a positive outlook and commitment in my demeanor that transforms followers to new levels or performance as well as personal loyalty to me?
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