Charisma in Leadership LO17495

Simon Buckingham (
Sun, 22 Mar 1998 19:36:36 -0800

Replying to LO17481 --

Ed Brenegar wrote:

> Finally, I think that the hardest thing for a charismatic leader to do is
> go through a process where he or she is willing to subject themselves to
> the immediate scrutiny of their ideas within a team. Ideas carry the day,
> not force of personality, in that context. That does not mean they stop
> having this dynamic personality, but it does mean that they become less
> god-like and more human. The question I have always had about charismatic
> leaders is: Who are they real with? Who really knows them and identifies
> with their fears, doubts and problems? The difficulty of being a
> charismatic leader is that it can be a very lonely place to spend one's
> life.

Ed, I would agree that it is difficult for charismatic leaders to subject
themselves to team processes and scrutiny. But I would say that one of the
biggest difficulties with teams is that force of personality rather than
ideas take precedence- politics- personal dynamics unrelated to ideas-
prevails in collective contexts such as teams. Ideas get watered down or
rejected depending on who makes them and their rank.

A person (brander) is based on an inner core of knowledge and experience
and an outer core of communication and networking. Charismatic leaders are
great at the later, but the ideal situation is a strong and balanced inner
and outer core. Charisma without ideas comes across as swarmy to me, ideas
without charisma makes it difficult to get the message across. The
combination of both is lovely.....

regards sincerely Simon Buckingham, unorganization: business not
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