[I’m posting this in IMHO because I want what to know what the Teeming Millions think charisma is, not what the dictionary says. You guys are way cooler than the OED. And I don’t think this is quite a big enough question to warrant Great Debates - but Mods, if I have erred, please accept my apologies.]
What makes a person “charismatic”? We’ve all met charismatic people - they’re the ones in bars or parties that everyone is talking to, the politicians you can’t help but like, the natural leaders who even in high school took to the Student Council presidency like they’d been born to the role.
But how does charisma work? Is it just a personality trait - mix a dash of intelligence, social skills, and self-confidence, and you’ve got charisma? Or is our perceptions of charismatic-ness just the person in question drawing, consciously or otherwise, on sets of verbal and nonverbal cues that we’re conditioned to respond to? And where does Al Gore trying to become an “alpha male” fit into all this?
Discuss, deliberate, have fun. I’ll come back with beer.