4 Simple Ways To Be A More Charismatic Leader


One of the workshops I conduct teaches basic coaching skills for business professionals. I think people would be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is an unintended consequence of using basic coaching skills – they can make you more charismatic. Or said another way, charismatic people employ simple coaching techniques. Here they are:

  1. You listen more than you speak. And when you do speak it is to ask engaging questions to learn more about the person and what they have to say.
  2. You pay attention not only to the spoken but also the unspoken such as tone of voice and body language.
  3. You give others your undivided attention. Yes, that means no multi-tasking. You make eye contact, you nod and you smile.
  4. You are the first to pay someone else a compliment or acknowledge his or her achievement.

Charismatic people have the ability to make you feel better after a conversation than you did before. We all know these people and we like to be in their presence. It is a skill that anyone can employ and it starts with these simple tips and a genuine interest in someone else.

Go forth and be charismatic. Have a great day.