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Who is the better leader — the charismatic or the unassuming?

How effective or good a leader is in an organisation is not a mere function of his personality but linked with several factors including the organisation culture, social milieu and personality traits.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2012 20:55 IST

How effective or good a leader is in an organisation is not a mere function of his personality but linked with several factors including the organisation culture, social milieu and personality traits.

I think the expectation from most Indian leaders is that they should have domain expertise, stimulate intellectual discussion, encourage innovation yet drive the organisation along a clear path and set the vision for the organisation.

To do all this and more, yes, the leader does need to be charismatic. But can he be charismatic while being unassuming as an individual? The answer to that too, I feel, would be a yes. It is important that the CEOs have their feet firmly on the ground and work together with their teams, so that they can be charismatic in impact and unassuming in their persona.

(Ranjit Yadav, country head Samsung Mobile & IT)

Iwould prefer to be a leader who is more charismatic over the one who is unassuming. For me, a leader is a person who drives energy and fires the imagination of his workers. He is the one who helps others achieve their goals and drive through the bad patch of their life or career. One can be a leader only if his employees feel alive with him and not the one who lacks the ability to make his staff converse with him. Any person whose order is mandatory, is not a leader, he is just a boss. A charismatic leader will make people aspire to be like him. Being good, even with temporary staff, and maintaining integrity are what I have inculcated within me. The best part is I manage to find time for my employees, colleagues and contemporaries; talk to them, motivate them, care for them!

(Richard Rekhy, head, advisory, KPMG)