December 3, 2003





How much charisma does a leader need?

Recently we seem to have substituted charisma for competence in choosing political leaders. Therefore, to become a leader, a substantial amount of charisma is necessary, though not
necessarily as important once in the leadership position.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

Much more than the average person.

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

Enough to seem confident and to keep the people he's leading awake.

Alias Irrelevante

I know plenty of charismatic people that aren't very good leaders. But I know lots of excellent leaders who aren't particularly charismatic. But put a charismatic leader in the room and there is not stopping what they can get people to do.

Laura, 38
Lowell, MA USA

Enough to attract followers, otherwise he/she isn't a leader.

Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

A leader in what form of government? Much more charm is needed in a democracy than in a dictatorship.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA

More charisma than brainpower, probably.

Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

It helps to have a certain am0unt.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

I don't think charisma is necessary to lead. However, it is one of the skills that can be part of leader's toolbox. I have seen instances of charisma that can mobilize people and then backfire when it is not back up by care for others, intelligence, rationalism, and competence.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

my business/youth leader bestfriend says that charisma makes and breaks a leader. what the hell is charisma for one? looking it up, it is basically a magnetism in someone. people are drawn to them. you cant be a leader if people are not drawn to you. i guess you could still be a leader if people feared you but how long would that last? a leader needs alot of charisma. how the leader uses their influence is the most important part. you cant be a leader without followers. if you dont have charisma then you dont have much to go on.

ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA USA

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