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Charisma is a trait found among individuals who possess a seemingly natural talent to lead or inspire a large following. The word is derived from the Greek word for “gift” or “divine favor,” which emphasizes its popular view of being a god-given quality or ability. It is a popularly debated subject in psychology and has important implications in politics and religion. Indeed, most religious leaders throughout history are thought to have had a great deal of charisma, which many feel explains their success in attracting followers.

A person who has charisma is thought of as a natural-born leader. Researchers find it challenging to give charisma an exact definition; rather, most people find it easier to identify a person who has it. He or she may possess ...

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