I keep getting asked this question, so I think it is worthy of revisiting a previous post on the subject.

I think NOT!  I have had experience with people who had little, if any, charisma and yet were superb leaders.  I have also had experience with people who had tremendous charisma but were awful leaders.

Is charisma an essential leadership skill?  Absolutely not.

I have never heard a person say that charisma was the main skill they relied upon to successfully lead a co