The Gift of Charisma

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 11:10 AM

By Busola Obayomi

Charisma is an important aspect leadership. It is important to have honest and intelligent leaders. The truth is that we usually have leaders who are more charismatic in position of leadership and authority. President Obama gave a powerful speech in 2004 at the democratic national convention. This speech brought him to his spotlight and engaged the interest of the public. His background of being biracial and very eloquent made him a force to reckon with. Irrespectively of individual’s ideology, we are human beings who are drawn to charismatic personalities. Hollywood has made an art of always placing charismatic actors on the fore-front. Being charismatic involves being able to engaged the people in likeable manner. The goal of every politician is to engage their audience to get them elected through their charisma.

Webster dictionary described charisma as, “the power of irresistible attraction.” The term charisma is from the Greek word Karismata. Charisma is defined as a compelling attractiveness or charm and it is also defined as power or talent that compels people. Karis-mata in Greek means Grace-gift. Charisma is an innate ability. William Shakespeare once stated, “Be not afraid of greatness; some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” There are those who might have greatness enthrusted upon them but charisma is usually innate ability which develops as people begin to realize their gift. The more an individual utilizes their charismatic abilities, the more it grows.

Martin Luther King was not just an excellent orator but a charismatic leader. People follow leaders that they are drawn to. From the word charisma, is where the charismatic movement evolved. Leaders with appealing personality have the ability to push an agenda. People can also become oblivious to their own believes because of their attraction to the charismatic leaders. A charismatic leader can be aggressive and can also be laid-back. Many presidents have charisma. That is the reason why they are able to retain power and push their own policies. America has a bicameral government with two major political parties. It is the duty of a charismatic leader to allure opposition to get support to execute its agenda. Politics is centered on charisma. Religion is also centered on charismatic leaders. A charismatic leader like Obama, is aware of his ability to draw people irrespective of his ideology. But it is very important for a charismatic to not be manipulative and be truthful.

The world needs charismatic leaders who stand for what is right. It is important to not manipulate the mind of the masses. Adolf Hitler is a good example of a leader who manipulated a whole nation to commit a holocaust. Jim Jones of Jonestown is a spiritual leader who used religion to manipulate his members to commit mass suicide. In Nigeria, a lot spiritual leaders have been able to use their charisma and faith to have an audience. Charisma is a gift. Those who have these gifts usually find out later in their lives. The background and influences on an individual’s life would influence what they use the gift of the charisma for. Some people will use it to become economic leaders, some will use it for political office and others might use it for religious leadership. Irrespective of what the gift of charisma is used for, the individual should not abuse it. The gift of charisma is to bring people together and make a difference in the world.

Those who have realized their gift of charisma should focus on the areas of their lives that they function best. The gift of a person usually makes a way for that person. Once you realize your charismatic gift, individual should be empowered for a platform to make a change. There is nothing absolutely wrong with charismatic leaders but it is important to question what they use it for.

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Busola I. Obayomi is a dynamic leader who has branded himself as a leadership guru. Busola has served as a student government leader and in various leadership capacities. He has worked closely with New York state elected officials, starting from the City council to New York State Legislature. He is also a founder of Youth Zeal Initiative, whose mission is to empower young people in using their gifts and talents to inspire others.

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    • Iyke October 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Being Charismatic is a good trait…However, I am married to the idea…that the best of all we could ever hope to be…starts with a commitment honoring ones truest self…
      We should rather live to live a life that fulfills the promises of our creation…the pledge of matter gathered and well spent. Time realized in homage to the best within us all. We should choose to be free…boundless and infinite in our quest….Our pursuit to live and love brilliantly, completely…as one who walks into the next life…without regret!

      • jcsgrl October 7, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        Your only comment that I’ve actually read and it made sense…thumbs up

    • Miss Fab October 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      Charisma…top on the list of desirable qualities lacking in Mr. GEJ

    • www.rootwoo.com October 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

      i don’t quite understand d topic

    • That African Chic October 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      I find that I am naturally unlikeable, I suck at general surface relationships. However I once you get to know me on a deep personal level, I am told that I am very intriguing. Maybe my charismatic gift is being able to influence people positively once I am able to build that deep
      relationship.
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    • komatter October 7, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Charisma is not a gift, it is a skill you develop like every skill you go to learn in school. Nobody was born “naturally charismatic”, yes some people are more extrovert than others but I am of the opinion that everyone who puts time and effort to learning how to communicate better, boldy and intellgiently will be considered charismatic

      • princessa October 8, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        Emm, no sir/ma. charisma is definitely not learned, where did you get that from? :s

      • Busayo October 12, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        @komatter, I disagree, there are lot of well spoken leaders with good communication skills but no charisma. Have you ever approached a person that you’ve always loved to meet only when you finally get to meet them they are quiet a snub with nasty attitude. Most People can preach well, only few has the ability to practice what they preach. Charisma, is innately. The author of this article is right! In the biblical sense of it, most religious leaders possessed charisma when they’ve allowed the holy-spirit to live in them through, salvation and spiritual renewal. Paul the apostle charisma became more prominent when he stopped being Saul of tarsus by the power of the Holy Spirit. How do you explain a killer of christian turning into a slave for Christian… I can go on. :) Nice article Busola Obayomi!

    • frances October 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      There r indeed some that r born with charisma as a gift.I know many of dem.it takes no effort on thr part to lead and influence pple and dey often don’t even recognise it in dem till its pointed out by others..others do have to work at it,its an art dat can b perfected.all in all,charisma is an important attribute a leader has to possess.

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    • B! October 8, 2013 at 12:55 AM

      Nice article! But it would have been nice if you had added some tips on how to work on developing one’s charisma.