Friday, May 17, 2013

Charisma ....that illumimates Character!!

Charisma is something you develop, nurture and expand which illuminates your character that defines you and your brand image!!

By definition, it is a collection of traits and behaviors that make you appeal to other people. The word comes from the Greek word "charis," which means "grace" or "gift."

The one extraordinary example that strikes me is Bill Clinton when we talk about Charisma. He is a Charismatic leader with qualities that lures you to him once he steps up the podium, walks on the stage or utters one word.

Why charisma is so important? What makes it illuminate your character?

A person who is charismatic is exceptionally engaging, likeable, trustworthy, and, in many cases, a bit "magical." 

  Larger-than-life personalities like Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, and    Sir Richard Branson, Amitabh Bachchan have all been known for their charismatic personalities.

People with charisma are assertive, confident, inspiring, and warm. They make a point of listening to others, and they have an innate grace that often stops people in their tracks.
  When you have charisma, people want to work with you. They're drawn to your ideas, they trust     your opinion, and they're more likely to be influenced by you.

How do you develop Charisma? 

  Charisma is nothing more than a set of traits and behaviors that, when put together, turn you into a magnetic, engaging personality. 

   The Body language and "presence" are important  aspects of charisma. Without saying a word, the right body language can transmit strength, warmth, and likability.

Start by standing up straight, with your shoulders back and your head up. Good posture not only makes you look confident and in control, but it also makes you feel this way!
Research shows that charismatic people tend to be very positive, so do your best to maintain a positive outlook.

Next comes to have presence when you interact with one person or crowd or in a social setting.
To develop presence, start by learning active listening skills. When someone is speaking, make sure that you devote your full attention to what the person is saying, and don't worry about what you're going to say next. Do your best to stay in the moment and stay aware. You may be surprised by the impact this has on your 

How charisma illuminates character? 

 The biggest factor that differentiates a good leader and charismatic leader is "feel good factor". The charismatic personality make the other person feel good, motivates, excites, inspires in the right direction.

It happens via transmission of positive energy which again is contagious so gets caught on with the other person. 

The simple way to start is with smile, greetings, eye contact, positive words, and sincere appreciation!!!

We all have Charisma in us. It has to be dug out, polished and put to use. You have to first feel charismatic and then be charismatic to act with charisma.

This article is inspired by Developing Charisma - Career Development From MindTools.comi.

"Charisma is a sparkle in people that money can't buy. It's an invisible energy with visible effects." — Marianne Williamson

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