Remember everything your mother told you. Stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Be outgoing. Smile. If you’ve forgotten these lessons, this is for you. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know - and what they think and feel about you - that makes all the difference in your career. Be human. Ask for favors. Ask for information. Pitch in. Have a sense of humor. Speak slowly and listen carefully. Author D.A. Benton’s presumably deep, probing interviews with 500 executives convinced her that charisma isn’t inborn. She believes that everyone can learn to be charismatic. Just follow the six steps that can turn even the most repulsive excuse for a manager into a charming, charismatic executive. So, read this and practice. There’s no harm in it, and it might do some good. However, getAbstract while recommending this basic manual, suspects that the nature of charisma is a bit like the way a jazz musician explained the nature of jazz - if you have to ask what it is, you’ll never know.
About the Author
D.A. Benton heads Benton Management Resources, an executive development and career-counseling firm, and she is the author of Lions Don’t Need to Roar and How to Think like a CEO.