After writing about Steve Jobs and his charisma, I started to wonder what the difference was between charisma and integrity. Which characteristic is the most important? Are they related? Are they different? Which of our leaders possessed these traits?
There have been many leaders who have charisma, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King, John Kennedy. Then there is also… well… Adolf Hitler, Charles Manson, Osama Bin Laden. They had it too. These examples must mean charisma can be used for both good or evil. Integrity, on the other hand can only be good, right? Not so fast, we have had people do some horrible things in the name of integrity. Rev Jones openly burned the Koran and Anders Breivik murdered 69 people in Norway, both thought they had integrity and were doing the right thing for the future of society.
I am visual person and was curious to see what images came up when I typed these words into Google. I started with charisma and received several pages full of a half dressed model Charisma Carpenter. I then changed my settings to safe strict search and tried again, the same images came up. All I could get was Miss Carpenter, page after page of her. So I guess in our world charisma is whatever she has.
Then I typed in the word Integrity and looked for pictures. There was only one thing that stood out, several signs with the word integrity. That was it, nothing else more interesting or thought provoking, with the exception maybe of a compass. From my intensive research project I am able to establish at least one truth from my research project. Charisam has much more appeal then integrity.
For those of you who like to dig in a little deeper, here are is the definition of these words:
1: a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty or enthusiasm for a public figure (as a political leader)
2: a special magnetic charm or appeal <the charisma of a popular actor>
1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
2: an unimpaired condition : soundness
3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided
What do you think the difference between Charisma and Integrity is?