We tested hypotheses regarding the relationship between proactive personality and perceptions of charismatic leadership. A sample of 156 managers completed measures of proactive personality along with measures of the five-factor model of personality and other individual differences. The managers' immediate supervisors rated their charismatic leadership and in-role behavior. Results suggest that self-reported proactive personality is positively associated with supervisors' independent ratings of charismatic leadership. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that proactive personality accounts for variance in a manager's charismatic leadership above and beyond that accounted for by an array of control variables (the Big Five personality factors, in-role behavior, and social desirability). Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.