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What makes someone charismatic?

Some people just "have it", but what is this feature (or features) which makes a person so inspiring?

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    Mar 16 2012: Sociopathy. Sociopaths are charismatic because they never doubt themselves.
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    Mar 15 2012: I think it starts with authenticity and passion, when someone loves what they do there energy and the way they talk creates that charisma. At least thats what I think
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    Mar 15 2012: What makes someone charismatic. Answer= Charisma.

    What is charisma - suggest it is something we have evolved to respond positively towards.
    People you are genuinely authentic, comfortable in their own skin, strong but caring, capable, don't lose their cool over small stuff, but may exhibit righteous controlled anger when appropriate.
    People we intuitively think will enhance our survival or condition, that we sometimes feel will be good leaders.

    I think there is instant charisma and considered charisma.
    You meet someone and something responds in you.
    Some people grow on you.

    Instant charisma can be killed by lack of integrity, dissonance between doing and saying, or a failure to deliver.
  • Mar 5 2012: Your ability to genuinely take interest in another person. Ask questions about them. To be charismatic people have to believe that you care.
  • Feb 29 2012: In the leadership context Charisma and inspiring are separate issues. People who inspire don't have to be charismatic. Contrary to assertions in some transformational leadership studies that personal charisma is the primary component to inspiring others, my findings indicate that inspiring others requires an active process where leaders establish interpersonal connections and enable action - http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=1953767&ini=aob
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    Feb 17 2012: charisma is the factor that makes a person believed regardless of the quality of the arguments.

    it is the result of the combination of two things: a set of personal characteristics probably genetically determined, including voice, height, look, behavioral patterns, whatnot. and the second is an instinctual acceptance of such "natural leadership". relics or our tribal past.

    just my 2c
  • Feb 17 2012: Self confidence