Is Charisma a transcendental power or simply an airy-fairy development fad? Nikki Owen, UK’s leading expert in The Charisma Model, has devoted five years testing and developing her charisma blueprint during regular seminars. In this article, she shares her thoughts on charisma and how it can be developed.
What is it that causes people to turn their heads and stare at the individual who has just entered a packed networking event? What is that motivates the traditional Bank of England to offer the Governor of the Bank of Canada one of the most powerful jobs in the UK? How is it that Boris Johnson manages to effortlessly grab the headlines when David Cameron’s press and media machine would pay good money for his vote-winning appeal? Why has Mary Portas’s career as a retail expert bagged her a government appointed position to lead a review into the future of Britain’s high streets?
The answer is charisma – a powerful presence that affords the individual who possess it high levels of impact and influence. Charisma leverages the odds of achieving desired outcomes and accelerates career progression and achievement. You know when somebody has it, because people notice them, pay attention to what they say, and gravitate towards them. The history books and media are full of examples of famous people who either possessed or still do possess high levels of charisma. Disturbingly, charisma can be a ‘gift’ that is bestowed on the unworthy as well as the worthy. It chooses not to distinguish between good or bad. It purely provides its recipients with varying levels of all-encompassing attraction.
From a successful leadership perspective, charisma is now the latest corporate ‘must have’ and the case for developing charisma has accelerated following recent research. According to Harvard Business Review and The University of Lausanne, charismatic leaders outperform their non-charismatic peers by about 60 per cent. Further studies have shown that charismatic people, are more resilient, find it easier to build strong relationships, build higher levels of engagement and are generally happier. Yet there are two issues that determine our charismatic potential:
- What is it exactly? If you can’t define it (and there are many varying definitions of it) then you can’t teach it, let alone measure it.
- If you attempt to teach charisma with ‘behaviours’ that are not aligned with an individual’s core, authentic self, then they unwittingly come across as fake and contrived. Charming perhaps, but certainly not charismatic.
Today, a combination of modern science with ancient wisdom is making major insights into charisma possible. By drawing upon scientific principles, psychology and extensive research-based studies and combining these with esoteric philosophies, there is an internal blueprint for charisma.
Charisma is an authentic power that captivates the hearts and minds of others, or, to put it another way, when you are being ‘you’ and you love what you do, you
shine. That means, regardless of your individual personality, whether you are introverted, extroverted, conscientious, affable, independent or trusting, you can unleash your own brand of charisma in a way that is aligned with who you really are inside.
The quickest way to develop charisma is to adopt an ‘inside out’ approach and develop five internal attributes. Charismatic
people have high self esteem and feel ‘comfortable in their own skin’. When people possess high self-esteem, they become relaxed about showing others their true self. Charismatic individuals have a strong driving force and live their life based on what is important to them. Often referred to as ‘values’, these drive and motivate behaviour, so that individuals appear dynamic, passionate and enthusiastic. Charismatic individuals possess exceptional sensory awareness that allows them to tap into the feelings and the emotions of others. This makes them compelling to listen to. Charismatic people have a compelling vision of what they want. This creates a strong energy of intent that others can feel. Scientific and medical discoveries have proven that strong intentions result in physical manifestations. Charismatic people have a high energy that perpetuates and builds energy within others, creating a ‘feel good’ factor.
You have the potential to become charismatic, because when you are feeling comfortable, confident and passionate about what you are doing, you radiate an aura of energy that captivates the attention of people around you. Once you begin to tap into your own charisma resource you active even more of your power to grow, expand and attain more of the results you want in all aspects of your life.
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For more information about Nikki Owen and her Charisma Model visit www.charismamodel.com