Have K-Karizma (Charisma)
“Leaders are magnetically charsmatic”
Opening Case Study :
Satya Nadella –ACharismatic Leader
Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Microsoft. Before being named CEO in February 2014, Nadella held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer businesses across the company.Joining Microsoft in 1992, he quickly became known as a leader who could span a breadth of technologies and businesses to transform some of Microsoft’s biggest product offerings.
Most recently, Nadella was executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. In this role he led the transformation to the cloud infrastructure and services business, which outperformed the market and took share from competition. Previously, Nadella led R&D for the Online Services Division and was vice president of the Microsoft Business Division. Before joining Microsoft, Nadella was a member of the technology staff at Sun Microsystems.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Nadella lives in Bellevue, Wash. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mangalore University, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a master ’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is married and has three children.
Satya Nadella is a leader on the rise—for the last ﬁve years, he’s served as the CEO of Microsoft, quickly earning a name for himself in the world beyond tech. Because of his alternative approach to leadership, Nadella is so special and he’s a leader to look out for. In his short time as CEO, Nadella has overseen and driven outstanding growth and proﬁts—even more impressive considering this is Microsoft, already a giant in the business world and creators of Windows and Xbox.
So how did he do it? And what can his leadership tell us about how current and future leaders can go from good to great—or better yet, great to the unimaginable? In short, Nadella believes in the power of positive leadership and uses terms such as “growth mind set” and “empathy” that are reinforced by action. As we’ve seen before with leaders who upend command-and-control leadership styles, positive leadership is just one style that can inﬂuence a thriving workplace culture where employees feel inspired and trusting, motivated by purpose, and ready to work with others to achieve common goals.
He embraces leadership outside the norm to completely revolutionize leadership to create a world that works for all. Nadella is also a proponent of the growth mind set philosophy, exploring how individuals and teams can develop and thrive rather than what’s holding them back. This philosophy is why he believes success, or key learnings, can be found in any situation. A culture with a growth mind set “requires us to truly understand and share the feelings of another person,” he wrote in an email to Microsoft employees.
The culture change at Microsoft, spearheaded by Nadella, is impressive to say the least, but any organization and any leader can achieve a transformation that inspires people and increases productivity. All you need to do is to decide to get started, which can simply mean ﬁguring out how to ask the right kind of question.
Many of history’s most effective leaders are labeled charismatic. Yet, there is a great deal of controversy about whether charisma is made or born, and if charismatic leaders are actually effective. Charismatic leaders are essentially very skilled communicators
– individuals who are both verbally eloquent, but also able to communicate to followers on a deep, emotional level. They are able to articulate a compelling or captivating vision, and are able to arouse strong emotions in followers.
Charismatic leadership is basically the method of encouraging particular behaviors in others by way of eloquent communication, persuasion and force of personality. Charismatic leaders motivate followers to get things done or improve the way certain things are done. This is accomplished by conjuring up eagerness in others to achieve a stated goal or vision. In essence, the charismatic leadership style has its basis in a form of heroism. This leadership style is almost of divine origin.
In addition, charismatic leaders have the distinct ability to dissect and decipher any inefﬁciency within an organization. These visionary traits attributed to this leadership style often result from critical thinking, the compilation of facts and ﬁnding ways to solve a variety of problems.
Charisma is essentially a process – an interface between the characteristics of a charismatic leader, the group that is being led, their identiﬁcation with their leader, their needs and the circumstances that require a charismatic leader like a crisis or need for change. However, as it relates to the charismatic traits of leader, prominence is placed on the way they communicate with members of the group and their ability to gain the trust of followers and inspire these individuals to perform.
By understanding the characteristics that charismatic leaders have in common, you can work to develop your own charisma and become a better leader in your organization. Here are the ﬁve qualities that all charismatic leaders possess:
1. Belief in Self
Charismatic leaders have powerful personalities that people are drawn to. Much of that attraction stems from the fact that they exude conﬁdence. Conﬁdent leaders have a strong sense of self and rarely express self-doubt. They understand who they are and are comfortable in their own skin.
Charismatic leaders are also optimists. They see the glass as half full instead of half empty and are always looking on the bright side. To be a stronger leader, you need to practice self- conﬁdence. If you’re always second-guessing yourself and feeling shy around your coworkers, they won’t follow you. If you aren’t conﬁdent about your own actions, who will be?
Charismatic leaders think outside the box and aren’t afraid to push the limits. While others may see this kind of push as risky, these leaders are the ones leading the way and driving innovation.
When a problem arises, leaders don’t see only the difﬁculties. Instead, they rise to the challenge and see it as an opportunity. In business, this creativity can lead to powerful change and transformation, which can inspire and motivate others.
Simon Sinek wrote: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Because leaders value innovation, they are focused on the future
and how they can improve it. They have a dream and direction that motivates and inspires others. A report from Universum revealed that 41 percent of executives polled said the top quality they looked for in future leaders is the ability to empower employees.
Sinek wrote “Leadership requires two things: a vision of the world that does not yet exist and the ability to communicate it.” How can you improve things at your organization? Share your ideas with others. When you have vision, others will take note.
Vision, in fact, becomes the drive and main purpose for many leaders. Everything they do revolves around making their vision a reality. To achieve their dream, leaders set speciﬁc goals and work to achieve them by bringing their teams together, developing an organized strategy and working hard.
Charismatic Leaders are focused on getting results and accomplishing what they set out to do. They don’t give up when things get tough. Instead, they push through and continue even when they encounter challenges.
Are you committed to your goals? Your hard work and determination can inspire others if you follow through on your goals.
2. Positive Body Language
When leaders speak, they communicate with conﬁdence and charisma, which makes people sit up and pay attention. They are clear and articulate with their words and ensure that each statement has a purpose.
Charismatic leaders are also aware of their body language. They have good posture and maintain eye contact with the people they are talking to. They are comfortable speaking in front of large groups as well as one on one. No matter what the situation, they articulate their goals and vision.
Charismatic leaders are visionaries. They have a big dream and work towards making it happen. They look beyond the big picture to see what others are unable to see beyond the horizon. Then they imagine different ways to create a successful result.