If you look at any of the great innovators, leaders and success stories of our time, you will find commonalities between those people. There are several, but one of the big qualities they all possess is charisma. If you aspire to reach such greatness (which you really should if you want to get anywhere) you need to develop and nurture your charisma.
Most people think that charisma is something you are born with. The reality is that charisma is hard work, like anything in life. The most charismatic people have taken the time to hone and sculpt their personalities and nature to cultivate the qualities that lead to outward charisma. We spoke to Justin Cobb, CEO of a global network of businesses, to ask for some tips on developing charisma.
There is nothing that will turn a person off having a conversation with you quicker than feeling like they are not your main focus. We’ve all had one of those conversations in which the other party is scrolling through their phone, or even just daydreaming and not listening. Charismatic people make you feel like you are the center of their universe. Next time you’re in a meeting, set your phone on silent, and practice paying full attention to what the other person is saying.
Many people feel that once they get into a position of authority or power, they need to start being cold and distant. This will often lead to alienating the people who helped you to get there in the first place. Remember to be grateful for what you have, and each day make sure to actively consider the good things you have. Then practice empathy for the people around you. Instead of trying to show off your success, consider how you can help others to attain the success that you have. Successful people understand that there is plenty to go around.