The Dark Side of Charisma

The world of Dave Tomlinson

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – Harvard Business Review

via The Dark Side of Charisma – Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic – Harvard Business Review.

Most people think charisma is as vithow-be-charismatic_590x337al to leadership as it is to rock stars or TV presenters and, unfortunately, they are right. In the era of multimedia politics, leadership is commonly downgraded to just another form of entertainment and charisma is indispensable for keeping the audience engaged. However, the short-term benefits of charisma are often neutralized by its long-term consequences. In fact, there are big reasons for resisting charisma:

1. Charisma dilutes judgment: There are only three ways to influence others: force, reason, or charm. Whereas force and reason are rational (even when we are “forced” to do something, we obey for a good reason) charm is not. Charm is based on emotional manipulation and, as such, it has the ability to trump any rational assessment and bias…

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