Originally Posted by Lonewolf
It's a good article, but I think is defining charisma as something close to popularity. I'm more interested in charisma as something like supernatural power or exceptional presence, that marks someone as being other than normal.
My ex-boss was a bit like this; he was a very tall and handsome man, self made millionaire/playboy and had an unusually strong presence. The way he lead his life (cocaine-feuled stripper orgies, week long parties etc) was pretty wild and hedonistic and a bit of a waste of talent in my opinion.
He had some unusual abilities also that were bordering on autism. For example, he could look at a screen full of figures and instantly pick out numerical mistakes without having any time to calculate anything. Also, when he was focusing on something it was impossible to attract his attention - you could yell in his ear and he couldn't hear you.
Another odd thing was his eyes - the best way that I could describe it was that you could not penetrate past his gaze to see the person within. It was like there was a subconscious wall between his soul and the outside world.
When he was at his best he was incredibly dynamic, confident and intelligent. At his worst he was manic/depressive, vain, arrogant, obsessed with sex and drugs and a fool.
Anyway, he lit up a room allright, it was like there was a mercurial quality within him that he could only half-control. Fascinating to watch.
Wow. sounds like a dangerously mysterious man to me.
Reminds me of this "So dark the con of man" - Da Vinci code