Welcome back to “The ‘Inner Circle’ of Leadership Excellence” series. 🤩

Reminding that I'm taking inspiration from some of the commentaries by John Maxwell on his Leadership Bible, the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader. 

This week we will be talking about a quality that has been very misunderstood and misused in history of leadership. But it is one of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader nonetheless. CHARISMA.  

Charisma—a magnetic allure that draws others in, making them feel valued and inspired. It's a quality often associated with influential leaders, like the great evangelists who effortlessly captivate audiences. Yet, charisma is a double-edged sword, capable of both uplifting and manipulating. Let's talk a little bit about this indispensable quality of a leader through the contrasting examples of two historical figures: Ahab and Jezebel, and the charismatic Peter.

Quick recap of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader.   

21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader:

Character
Charisma
Commitment
Communication
Competence
Courage
Discernment
Focus
Generosity
Initiative
Listening
Passion
Positive Attitude
Problem Solving
Relationships
Responsibility
Security
Self-Discipline
Servanthood
Teachability
Vision

Unmasking Manipulation: The Tale of Ahab and Jezebel

In the annals of history, few couples draw as much dislike as King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Their reign was marked by manipulation, driven by a lack of genuine charisma, or a distortion of . Instead of inspiring loyalty, they resorted to coercion and deceit to maintain power.

Ahab and Jezebel's Charisma Deficit

In examining their deeds chronicled in 1 Kings 19 to 22, we uncover the roots of their charisma deficiency:


1. Selfish Ambition: Their pursuit of personal gain overshadowed any semblance of altruism.

2. Exploitative Behavior: People became mere pawns in their quest for supremacy.

3. Deception and Conceit: They cloaked themselves in falsehoods, projecting an image of grandeur to mask their insecurities.

4. Anger and Arrogance: Rather than fostering goodwill, they ruled with tyranny and indignation.

5. Hypocrisy: Their actions contradicted their purported virtues, eroding trust and respect.

6. Abuse of Authority: They wielded power callously, disregarding the well-being of their subjects.

Overcoming Charisma Obstacles

To build charisma, leaders need to focus on others and avoid the following obstacles

1. Pride: Humility is the cornerstone of genuine charisma.
2. Insecurity: Authenticity breeds connection, dispelling feelings of unease.
3. Moodiness: Consistency fosters trust, fostering open communication.
4. Selfishness: Empathy fuels meaningful relationships, cultivating loyalty.
5. Perfectionism: Grace engenders acceptance, fostering an environment of growth.
6. Cynicism: Positivity attracts, nurturing a culture of optimism.


Charisma Done Right: The Radiance of Peter

In stark contrast to Ahab and Jezebel, the apostle Peter exemplifies the transformative power of charisma. In Acts 2, he shows himself to be a charismatic leader, inspiring thousands with his conviction and compassion.

Decoding Peter's Genuine Charisma

1. Confidence: Peter exuded assurance, radiating conviction in his message.

2. Conviction: His unwavering faith fueled his impassioned discourse, resonating with authenticity.

3. Connection: Instead of elevating himself, Peter forged genuine bonds, fostering a sense of unity.

4. Compassion: His empathy and practical guidance addressed the deepest needs of his audience.

Charting the Path to Charisma

To cultivate charisma:

 
1. Embrace Life: Approach each day with gratitude and zest, embracing the journey.

2. Affirm Others: Elevate those around you, nurturing a culture of positivity and respect.

3. Offer Hope: Lead with optimism, infusing every interaction with a sense of possibility.

4. Share Yourself: Practice vulnerability, sharing your wisdom, resources, and heart.

In Closing...

Charisma is not merely an innate trait but a skill that can be honed through deliberate practice and genuine regard for others. By learning from the missteps of Ahab and Jezebel and the triumphs of Peter, leaders can chart a course towards authentic charisma—a magnetic force that inspires, uplifts, and unites. One of the indispensable qualities of a leader. So, let us embark on this journey of self-discovery and transformation, for it is through the cultivation of genuine charisma that we become catalysts for positive change in our spheres of influence. 

🚀 #CharacterBuildingLeadership

Leadership Action Time...

Make this week all about observing others around you to notice their qualities. Then affirm them! Affirm their character, who they are, not their clothes or accessories.


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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