“Often, we think [charisma is] this elusive quality that you are born with. But what we think is an elusive magical gift is actually something that research tells us can be learned.”

If you long to be more charismatic, you won’t want to miss this episode. I’m going to talk about some research that has broken leadership charisma down into specific behaviors anyone can adapt.

You can learn to practice these strategies in your communication with others to be perceived as more charismatic.

In this episode, we’ll break down charisma into the use of the following verbal and nonverbal behaviors:

  • #1 Using metaphors
  • #2 Telling stories and anecdotes
  • #3 Demonstrating moral conviction
  • #4 Sharing the sentiments of the collective
  • #5 Setting high expectations
  • #6 Communicating confidence
  • #7 Using contrast to distinguish yourself and your message
  • #8 Using lists of three to frame your messages
  • #9 Asking rhetorical questions
  • #10 Using body gestures
  • #11 Using a variety of facial expressions
  • #12 Using an animated voice tone

Employ these behaviors as habits and watch your charisma as a leader increase!

Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode

Charismatic leaders are “leaders who by the force of their personal abilities are capable of having a profound and extraordinary effect on their followers.”

“Remember, what we’re talking about when we talk about charisma is perception, how others are seeing you, and how others are feeling and experiencing you.”

“A lot of charisma comes from how we communicate with others, creating an emotional connection.”

“After managers in the study participated in training in these areas, the managers increased their perceived charisma.”


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Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy.  She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.