Did you know that 60% of all CEOs are introverts? They’re just not comfortable in the publicfacing activities. But those who do it well had to learn how to demonstrate charisma when it counts, whether they like doing the highly visible functions or not.
Commanding the room through gracious charisma allows you to inspire a group you lead by the power of your presence, no matter what is happening around you. Our most memorable leaders are engaging, authentic, and powerful at the same time.
MIT found that there are four aspects to charisma – your perceived warmth, strength, engagement and the fluidity of your thought and expressed speech. You can improve in all of these.
Like ice cream, charisma comes in many flavors. There’s no one way to show it. It depends on your height, the pitch of your voice, your experience, your attitude and any number of other attributes. Some who have it are cool and aloof with just a hint of charm and others are warm and engaging. You can’t have strong executive presence just based on your charisma, but it is a key component of the total package that creates executive presence.