Charismatic change management

By Jesper Koch

Charismatic leadership is often misunderstood. This is because many still consider charisma an expression of a natural personality feature; either you have it or you don't. However, research shows that charisma is to a large extend a skill that can be trained and polished, just like other skills.

Charisma = credibility and authenticity

Credibility and authenticity are often considered the opposites of charisma, but this is far from the truth. Authenticity is actually a precondition for the executive’s ability to develop and apply a positive form of charismatic leadership. Charismatic leadership isn't governed by the need for power, dominance and manipulation, but the desire to create good sustainable results that are for the good of the organization. The charismatic executive is trustworthy, because he is professional and because he is especially sensitive to understanding the specific organizational, business oriented and market oriented challenges / opportunities that occurs in the company.

A charismatic executive is authentic because he is passionate about the things he does and this makes him radiates an energy that's contagious and inspiring to the surroundings. It is this special connection of charisma, credibility and authenticity that makes the charismatic executive successful.