To some, it seems like charisma is something you’re either born with or you’re not. Either you have a silver tongue and a commanding presence, or you’re destined to fade into the background. But here’s the truth: charisma is not an exclusive club. It’s not reserved for a lucky few. It’s something that can be developed and honed by anyone.
What is Charisma?
Charisma is a combination of traits that make someone stand out. A charismatic person is friendly, captivating, and above all, confident. But it’s not just about confidence or approachability. You can be confident without being charismatic. You can be attentive to others without being charismatic. You can even be friendly without being charismatic. It’s the unique blend of all these traits that makes up true charisma.
Can Charisma Be Learned?
But here’s the catch: it’s important to be genuine. Most people can easily see through insincerity and trying to fake charisma in a professional setting will only backfire. A truly charismatic individual is warm and authentic. They connect with others, and people genuinely like them.
You can be that person! Here are 5 skills you can develop to enhance your charisma:
- Active Listening: When you’re engaged in a conversation, practice active listening. Be fully present and really pay attention to what the other person is saying. Focus more on listening than on speaking. Show that you’re following along by summarizing their points. And please, put away any distractions.
- Body Language: Charismatic people have an open and relaxed body language. They don’t come across as intimidating. So, make a conscious effort to keep your body language open and approachable. Avoid crossing your arms or fidgeting. Instead, maintain eye contact and hold your chin up when talking to others. It’s amazing how small changes in your posture can make a big difference.
- Accountability: Charisma is also about embracing your humanity. Nobody’s perfect, and that’s okay. If you make a mistake, own up to it. Be accountable. And when a colleague offers constructive feedback, listen with an open mind. Embracing your flaws and using them as opportunities for growth will make you more relatable. Remember, regardless of your job title, you want to show that you’re just as human as everyone else.
- Inclusivity: When people respect you, they value your input. And when you have an audience that trusts you, they’re more likely to follow your lead. So, use your influence to give others a voice at work. Bring attention to important issues raised by your colleagues during meetings. Seek feedback and new perspectives often. And when you’re in front of an audience, give others the opportunity to be heard.
- Communication: Pay attention to how you communicate with others in the workplace. Charismatic individuals exude confidence and knowledge, but they also know how to engage others in conversations. Consider sharpening your public speaking and presentation skills. Not only will this boost your confidence, but it will also help you hold your own in any discussion.
If you’re truly motivated to become the charismatic superstar you envision, we invite you to check out our event: “Charismatic Leadership: Be the Person People Want to Follow.” It’s a fantastic opportunity to further develop your charisma and learn the skills you need to be the influential leader you aspire to be.