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You Had Me at Hello The Use of Narrative in Building a Charismatic Leader Reputation

International Journal on Leadership

Volume 2 Issue 2

Published: 2014
Author(s) Name: James Welch | Author(s) Affiliation: Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Abstract

Charismatic leadership finds importance in a wide variety of fields from athletics to business to education to philanthropic endeavors, etc., and has been a part of our lives, whether we have realized or not, from the beginning of our existence. In fact, from elections for class president in elementary school to board member selections for Fortune 500 companies, that unspecific charismatic quality of ones personality impacts virtually every field that relies on leadership. The relationship of charisma to business communication has been previously explored only in limited measure and this article examines four contemporary business leaders who were able to leverage their own communication skills to help build their charismatic reputations. The ability of leaders to sell a certain narrative has been a major key to the success of their respective companies and for developing their own specific brand of charismatic leadership.

Keywords: Leadership, Charisma, CEO, Management, Communication, Narrative

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