Charisma is the ability to lead people to some destination (physically, ideologically or otherwise) and have them follow you enthusiastically.
If we look at History's greatest leaders there are characteristics that form a charismatic person:
- Bold(confident): Great leaders act opposing what most people fear and do it with a smile on thier faces. Jesus was not afraid to act against the pharisees, MLK was not afraid to speak against racism. Hitler was not afraid to act in the face of all Europe. Moses was not afraid of the Egyptian pharoh. Timothy Leary was not afraid of society itself. To be a great leader is to stand in the face of great risk and to continue to hold your stance.
- Mission(purpose): You must have a clearly defined goal that you are trying to reach. Your followers should either have a fairly good understanding of this goal or should trust you so much that they will follow you blindly.
- Persuasive: You must be an excellent speaker or have an excellent speaker to speak for you, you must be able to lead people into a stae of mind where they trust you and are excited about the direction you are leading them.