If general logic of my last post is valid, then the correlation between ones ignorance and dependence on outside authority is immense. What is charismatic authority in its most basic? Irrational faith that someone “knows better”, hence one should follow his will/ways/advices.
– That doesn’t make any sense, Przemek! – Someone would say – You write under Charisma Workshop brand, you state that revealing the nature of charisma itself is one of yours greatest passions, and this last sentence suggest that you don’t care much for charismatic authority. Furthermore, you call followers of charismatic leader as ignorant!
– I consider charisma and charismatic authority as separate things. I think about charisma as a tool, and tool in it’s nature can not be good or bad. That being said – for me personally – to be under irrational authority, to have an undoubted, unquestioned faith that does not demand any evidence from leader is a bad, dangerous thing to do.
To clarify even more – you could be the most experienced one in your field, or have the best idea, but still without being properly recognized for your excellence. Charisma is then a tool for you to utilize your potential by communicating more efficiently. To make way for your idea or experience so it could bring the positive change. By this logic charisma is a communication model, technology of supporting your rational expertise with emotional load, imprinting the message with your passion to inspire people. The trick with every technology (even social/interpersonal) is to use it for good purpose. By those standards it should be used to educate and to propose innovative actions by igniting an emotional response.
To wrap all of this up. I think smart is new sexy, because brain capable of such things as science, poetry, abstract thinking is a great “peacock tail” itself. I think ignorance is one of the most un-sexy things existing. I do adore concept of charisma, because of possibilities it grants for hard work invested. And last but not least – I would love you to flood me with critique and suggestions about this blog.
In the meantime, take good care and exercise your charisma!
– Przemek Kucia