John C. Maxwell: 4 Qualities of Charismatic People

At first glance, charisma appears to be an invisible energy or magnetism. There’s no denying its presence, but it’s hard to put a finger on its source. Some mistakenly believe charisma is a birth trait—embedded in certain personalities but completely absent in others.

Charisma is both explainable and learnable, defined as “the ability to inspire enthusiasm, interest, or affection in others by means of personal charm or influence.”

People who have this special ability share four things in common:

1. They love life.

They are passionate about life. They are celebrators, not complainers. They’re characterized by joy and warmth. They’re energetic and radiant in an infectious way.

Look no further than the smile to illustrate the power of charisma. When people see a smile, they respond with a smile. We are hardwired to take on the energy of those around us. People who love life have charisma because they fill the room with positive energy.

2. They expect the best.

They expect the best from people—in other words, they “put a 10 on everyone’s head.” They see people, not as they are, but as they could be.

When you invest in people and lift them toward their potential, they will love you for it.

3. They give hope.

They connect with people by painting tomorrow brighter than today. To them, the future is full of amazing opportunities and unrealized dreams.

They infuse optimism into the culture around them, and they boost morale. While attentive to the current reality, they do not resign themselves to present circumstance.

4. They share themselves.

They add value to people by sharing wisdom, resources and special occasions. They embrace the power of inclusion. They value togetherness. They are not lonely.

When it comes to charisma, the bottom line is other-mindedness.



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Author: Allick Delancy

WE ALL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO DO GREAT THINGS IN LIFE! The areas of education, psychology, motivation, behavioural coaching, management of stress, anger and conflict, has always interested Allick Delancy. For this reason, over the years he has conducted research in these fields and has experienced great success in writing, lecturing and assisting other persons to develop their fullest potentials. He has obtained a Bachelors of Science in Behavioural Sciences with an emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. Allick Delancy also earned a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology, with general emphasis in Learning, Development, Testing and Research from Andrews University. He has worked in the field of community mediation, education--conducting life skills training (for students, teachers and parents), as well as conducting Functional Behavioural Assessments and developing Functional Behavioural Plans. He also lectures at the Bachelors degree level in Early Childhood and Family Studies, Leadership and Management and co-wrote an undergraduate course in social work.

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