When Great Grandmother would enter the room, it was not just her age that had made people rise with respect.
Her warmth, her beauty, her intellect, her interest in meeting people, her zest for life and the undeniable charm that she possessed made her an unforgettable person to come across. She had passed away years ago, but even today, her photographs convey the magnetic persona she had.
Charismatic individuals are known for their magnetic charm – an attractiveness that inspires admiration and appreciation in others. A feeling of devotion that the “devotees” experience in the presence of these impressive individuals.
Researchers might argue that charisma is innate and and trained. But is it?
The charismatic folks share traits that actually prove that should you wish to develop charisma, you can. Of course, being good looking helps but it is not a definite guarantee for being charismatic. All charismatic people possessexcellent Interpersonal and Communication skills. Martin Luther King, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi are two examples.
Many charismatic personalities expresses their gratitude without inhibition or affectation of the ego.
I remember a friend of mine, Arifa, who had visited me many years ago when I was having a fever. Despite the mild fever, after giving a warm hug, she immediately offered to clean my flat for me. A simple but highly energetic lady, eighteen years on, she is just as positive and charming as ever.
They are quick to elaborate on their mistakes and apologize.
A charismatic person takes the lead to apologizing over a situation simply because it is the right thing to do.
During the mid-Civil War in 1863, Abraham Lincoln sent an apology to General Grant. He had wanted to acknowledge the mistake he had committed and admit that the General’s decision was right. It was a mistake that would have gone unnoticed by all (except General Grant ofcourse!) and none may have found out had he not sent this letter to Grant.
Charismatic individuals may lead a troubled personal or professional life but it is a part of their life that others may not have the slightest clue – they handle their challenges in their own unique way.
Challenges are handled keeping the focus on the responsibility and the implementation of the steps to tackle the problem the situation calls for and not the difficulty involved. They believe in being forward thinking, are always proactive and never takes on the role of one who has suffered.
When Franciscan Polish priest, Maximilian Kolbe, was captured and arrested the first time by the Nazis for sheltering Polish and Jews, it did not deter him from continuing to help others despite the obvious danger to his life. However, when he was arrested the second time for sheltering them, he was sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1941. There, he continued to lead a noble existence and then showed exemplary heroism and courage when he willingly stood in the place of a man condemned to die.
Standing for what he believed in amidst severe hardship and punishment, Kolbe continued to help people till the very end.
When Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani school girl survived being shot in the head, she continued vehemently to campaign for women’s education. Today, despite the dangerous campaign that she leads, she is a global women’s activist and advocate for human rights and continues her powerful campaign.
Charismatic individuals are those who would dedicate their life for what they believe in.
They are seldom perturbed by the winds of change and adapt deftly to change and circumstances.
Those who are known to be charismatic have taken the pains, made the efforts to develop themselves and watched the doors of opportunities opening to them.
They inspire others to aspire for greater heights and success through the manner they face and tackle challenges with wisdom and determination.