A Leader’s Passion

The German Philosopher Georg Wilhelm said, “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” A leader’s passion is infecti ous and inspiring. Extraordinary leaders understand, utilize and master their passions for the good of the group. Let’s explore three questions that will connect your passion to better results as a leader. Why is it important? What is your passion? How does it impact your leadership? Why is passion important? Passion is defined as a strong liking, enthusiasm – especially distinct from reason or intellect. It draws you like a magnet. Where your passion lies, your mind will wander and wonder. You spend as much time as possible exploring and experiencing your passion. Satisfying your passion is invigorating and fulfilling. It is a natural source of renewable energy. Think of the people in your life as they pursue their passions – they are alive, they are energetic, they are resolved, they make sacrifices, they work hard at their passions – and they enjoy the results. So why is passion important? The ingredients for success – commitment, sacrifice, work, and resolve, flow naturally, even joyfully, when you are passionate.

What is your passion? Do you know anymore? As adults, we tend to drift away from our passions as we accept the responsibkilities of marriage, parenthood, career, etc…. But the flames of our passion are never extinguished – they will always smolder until allowed to burn freely. Take the time to reconnect with what is important to you. Ask yourself, “What is the problem I want to solve?” Know what work would fulfill you. Understand what results would make you proud. The answers are yours alone; true passion is different for us all. However, to cause something great, you must know and act on your passion. How does passion impact your leadership? Passion inspires, energizes, and causes results in teams. Inspiration is one of the four critical characteristics of great leaders. Leaders must be passionate before the team can be excited. Consequently, passion is an essential element of leadership. However, leaders must master their passions in order to infuse reason and intellect at the proper time. Leaders must ensure their responses are measured and appropriate for the situation. The sentiments of Businessman and Presidential Advisor Bernard Baruch should be remembered by all leaders, “Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.” Passion is an essential characteristic for great leaders; mastery of your passion will produce more consistent results.

Passion creates possibilities, commitment, and resolve. Seek within yourself the passion that allows you to cause something great. Apple Computer’s Steve Job’s said it best. “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. Everything else is secondary.” Be passionate today.

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