There are people with other handicaps than short that compensate with manipulation. I knew a guy with real bad ADD, he could barely read. But he was attractive and charming, and could manipulate people to do for him what he couldn’t. My girlfriend said she was creeped out by his trying to work his magic on her when she dropped by, either out of habit or because he worked for me.
Another profile of the person who uses charm and attractiveness is the attention junkie. A person that literally is addicted to attention the way others are to drugs. I dated one once, it was harrowing. I’ve known them of both sexes, but the females have it easier to just use physicality since men are typically more visually stimulated than women.