by Connie Dieken

Dr. Nick Morgan on Authenticity and Charisma

Are you an authentic, charismatic leader? Do you need to exude these qualities in order to lead effectively?

One of America's top communication theorists and coaches says, "Yes, absolutely."

Dr. Nick Morgan believes authenticity and charisma are a key to your leadership and that you shouldn't leave them to chance. Dr. Morgan is the CEO of Public Words, former editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter, and is the author of Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma.

I urge you to download the complimentary 30 minute podcast and PDF transcription of our conversation. You'll hear Nick's take on many subjects including:

  • How the latest brain research could transform the way you think about communicating
  • What you do that accidentally sets people on edge & shuts down all chances of getting your point across
  • Why adrenaline makes you robotic and monotonous

Here's an excerpt of our conversation:

Nick: I think that influential leadership is about authenticity. I think that, in this day and age, we have such a very highly attuned bullsh*t factor, if I can use that word. We're very quick to determine 'fake' in people and in companies; so I think that powerful leadership begins with that: "What are you really about?" Focus: give me the essentials. I think it's the job of a leader not to just have a vision, but to spend the time getting that vision down to its simplest, purest essence, because of the information overload that we've talked about.

I think that the requirements, the ante has just been raised; maybe it used to be simpler, but now it's tough. And that's what you have to do. And so leadership keeps getting harder and harder but, in a sense, there's good news; and I think it's all more and more about being truly real, being authentic. And, with that authenticity, comes focus; and, with emotional focus, comes charisma. So it kind of flows naturally out of getting the authenticity right.

Connie: And then, of course, you've got to make things happen. You can't just be a person who speaks eloquently but doesn't actually execute.

Nick: Right. And we're getting out of my head into yours, but that's exactly right; leadership, ultimately, is about changing lives, changing behavior, getting people to do things that they wouldn't do on their own, together.

To hear the MP3, click here

To download the PDF transcript, click here

Where to learn more about Nick Morgan

Dr. Nick's book, Trust Me, is a great resource for any leader who wants to be authentic and charismatic. I highly recommend it.

Click here to get a copy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/hSN9SK

Click here to visit Nick Morgan's website: http://www.publicwords.com/

You Write. We Reward.

If you'd like to win a free, autographed copy of Trust Me, I've arranged with Nick to send one to a lucky leader. Simply leave a comment today on this blog about how the interview inspired you (be specific, please) and I'll select a winner to receive the complimentary copy. Good luck!


Topics: Influence and Leadership :: Communication Skills