The Cavalier leader is the ‘show-off’ of the leadership world. The Cavalier leader may not be so egotistically, but because it motivates them. The consummate performer – the true exhibitionist in the office, these leaders like to shape their activities as much as possible and work everything towards the target. How the result, and they, look is important. This is the leader who says “watch this” as they carve a deal in seconds that took others years to fail. Others do this occasionally, with luck, but these leaders thrive on it. They like to wow the crowd and colleagues and are the fame-makers of the business world.
They will stun the audience with acts of derring-do and controversial behaviours. These leaders often enjoy the limelight and are more frequently in the press.
Cavalier leaders include: Richard Branson, Ken Lay, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart.
Most often, these leaders evolve due to difficulties in learning the technical competences necessary to develop their leadership. The prankster at school who entertained rather than produce results.
Charismatic leadership in action? I am regularly asked how to develop “charismatic Leadership”, and frequently this leader is labelled as “Charismatic”. They exude charm, a ‘presence’. But just what is this “charisma”?
Let us turn to the trusty dictionary.com for answers:
- Theology . a divinely conferred gift or power.
- a spiritual power or personal quality that gives an individual influence or authority over large numbers of people.3.the special virtue of an office, function, position, etc., that confers or is thought to confer on the person holding it an unusual ability for leadership, worthiness of veneration, or the like.
What do I do to get this “charisma”? Well, sorry folks, but it isn’t something you do, it is a gift… free, gratis, given. i.e. not in exchange for something else.
So how do I get given it? The clue is in the definition… divinely, spiritual… I suggest that you ask for it.
I don’t believe in all that stuff, so how can I get it? You won’t.