Charismatic Leadership: How to inspire like Nelson Mandela

nelson-mandelaThe X-Factor of Leadership
According to Forbes Magazine, Charisma is the “X factor of leadership: the elusive quality that makes you seem more interesting, more attractive, wiser and more influential than those who lack it – a better bet for investors or a more likely candidate for a job at the top table.”

There is a evidence, that charismatic leaders promote better team performance – they’re more inspiring, so better able to boost their team members’ loyalty, engagement and productivity.

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Why Charismatic Leadership?
Charismatic leaders create and maintain a work environment where people are emotionally and intellectually committed to the organization’s goals. They build an energetic and positive attitude in others and inspire them to do their very best. In doing so they create a common sense of purpose where people are more inclined to invest extra energy and even their own time in their work.

Hailed around the world as the most charismatic leader of modern times, Nelson Mandela exemplified the principles of charismatic leadership.

Following are the steps of Charismatic Leadership:

Step 1: Discover Your Leadership Archetype
Archetypes are the ultimate twelve personality types that are common across cultures, gender, background and education, as first identified by Carl Jung. Archetypes have been called the DNA of the soul and are the single most potent tool for leaders to connect with their audience and establish a relationship of trust.

Step 2: Determine Your Charismatic Mission
“Nothing serves an organization better – especially during these times of agonizing doubts and paralyzing ambiguities – than leadership that knows what it wants and communicates those intentions clearly.” Warren Bennis, Founder of the Leadership Institute, University of Southern California. Charismatic leaders always have a sort of missionary zeal – a sense that they know exactly what they want and that they will do whatever it takes to get it.

Step 3: Enable the Law of Expectation
In summing up the leadership qualities of Nelson Mandela, former US President Bill Clinton stated that Madiba “inspires us all to be the best human being we can possibly be.”And Sam Walton, Founder: Walmart, stated that “Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can achieve.”

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