The Dark Side of Charisma

The idea that good leaders always have charisma is rarely questioned, but the alluring trait comes with a surreptitious dark side. In fact, according to one international authority in personality profiling, “the short-term benefits of charisma are often neutralized by its long-term consequences.” Writing for the Harvard Business Review blog, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic argues that despite its apparent necessity in leadership, charisma in fact dilutes judgment, is addictive, disguises psychopaths, and fosters collective narcissism. “In brief,” he writes, “charisma distracts and destructs.” As an organizational leader, what steps have you taken to keep the dark side of your own charisma in check?

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