The Charisma of No-Charisma

For the philosopher Han Fei, the ultimate form of charisma was to have no charisma at all

Will Buckingham
7 min readFeb 26, 2022

Have you ever had a boss who is so unreadable, so difficult to gauge, so seemingly characterless, that they were almost scary? If so, perhaps your boss had been taking their cues from the Chinese philosopher Han Fei (韓非) (281–233 BCE). Because for Han Fei, the ideal…

Will Buckingham

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