Charisma isn't necessarily a desirable trait in a boss, write Christian Stadler and Davis Dyer. In the long run, the best-performing companies tend to be those run not by exciting visionaries but by leaders who practice "intelligent conservatism" -- listening, learning from staff and thoroughly knowing the organization, they write. "[T]he problem with charisma is that you can persuade just about anyone to do anything -- even when it's crazy," Margaret Heffernan writes.

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