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Charisma will only get you so far

Charisma will only get you so far

True leaders build a team, think ahead and seek to serve, writes Elizabeth Oldfield in this article for UnHerd. 17/06/2019

Will Britain’s next Prime Minister be a charismatic politician? In this article for UnHerd, Elizabeth Oldfield unpacks the idea of charisma and explores our obsession with it.

Why are we so obsessed with charisma – or the lack of it? The most consistent complaint against Theresa May – and there’s quite a list – has been her want of it. Never mind the competence question. She’s been described as “a charisma–free populist” and the “Maybot”; many are calling for her replacement to have more of the magic C factor. So as the current crop of leadership contenders trot like show ponies round the ring of members and stakeholders, each is being assessed for their possession of this mystical quality.

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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is Theos’ Director. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Financial Times and delivering Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Posted 24 June 2019

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