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Charismatic leadership Charisma is a peculiar strange and puzzling phenomenon It transformed a small time painter from Austria into the epitome of a demagogue and ultimately the draftsman of the greatest genocide through history He took a nation crippled in its economy with extreme unemployment and turned it into one of the most powerful nations in the world in only ten years On the other side of the equation of evil but also a great leader with masses of charisma is Martin Luther King Jr a man draped in credibility charisma and courage who even went to jail for the things he believed in The Baptist minister with a PhD something very few African Americans possessed at the time drew an enormous crowd at his I have a dream speech Weather you are a politician a dictator a manager for a small business or team leader at work influence and persuasion is eminent How does charisma relate to effective leadership and what cross-cultural implications might derive from charismatic communication Charisma Charisma originates from Greek and means divine favor httpdictionaryrefrencecom such as performing miracles or foreseeing the future Since the dawn of literature starting in ancient Mesopotamia with the epic of Gilgamesh through the ancient Greek literature right up to the spread of Christianity divine virtue has been a essential need for the heros success DrAlessandra says Charisma is easy to spot but hard to describe Nailing down a definition is like trying to define America or happiness or what constitutes a terrific meal or a great vacation 2000 p9 this is being reinforced by Mason who claims that you cant ever pin down the elusive quality that gives charismatic leaders their awesome power 2004 pp19-20 We all have our own idea of what charisma is yet putting words to it seems exceedingly difficult yet a definition is still in need Sellers claims 1996 pp 67-74 that Charisma is the remarkable ability to
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