Merriam‑Webster defines charisma as. 1. a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure 2. a special magnetic charm or appeal. Most often, we view someone who is charismatic possessing traits such as being fascinating, charming, interesting, captivating, engaging, and magnetic. But are charismatic people just naturally born with it? Can charisma be learned, cultivated?
My unwavering answer is an absolute YES and YES. While I believe some people are naturally more charismatic than others I do also know the fundamental traits that make up charisma can absolutely be coached, learned and developed. By cultivating your charisma you will not only improve your potential for success in any endeavor, but you will also strengthen your relationships both in your personal and professional arenas.
If you are reading this and thinking you may not have been bestowed with innate charismatic flair and are interested in developing or increasing your charisma, one way is by observing and learning from people who you think have charisma and you will soon notice some common characteristics that you can easily master. Below are a few of these basic characteristic traits look for and how they can be developed.
- Confidence- Charismatic people are confident in a positive way, without being arrogant.
- Optimistic- Charismatic people are the encouragers who motivate with enthusiasm.
- Approachable- Charismatic people are warm and inviting
- Interested- Charismatic people are good listeners, they are interested in what people have to say.
- Interesting-Charismatic people are adept at communicating clearly and are able to keep their audience attention.
- Consistent- Charismatic people are comfortable with who they are and they are consistent.