Passion in the corporate atmosphere has been a trending subject lately. I believe the reason behind that is the world has reached a maximum stage of growth that you can achieve with science, knowledge and expertise alone. As a result the global market is in the process of changing skin and management is being reinvented. Passion is the second most important characteristic of a leader after truth and if combined with knowledge will lead to breakthroughs. Can you identify a leader that made a difference in your life and unleashed your true capability and was not passionate about what they do weather that be there job, cause, or belief? The difference could either be a positive or negative difference, as passion can deliver negative results.
Passionate Leaders throughout ups and downs have this light within them that allows them to push when times within the organization are hard, a problem can’t be solved, or an idea is needed. “Passion” comes from the Latin root “to suffer”, which sheds light on the survival ability of a passionate leader during suffering. On the other hand there is a danger with passionate leaders, when there drive does not result in measurable results. Passion without perspective and/or reason can actually serve to distort one’s perception of reality. Just because you can convince yourself (or others) that your position is correct, doesn’t necessarily mean that it is… Just as there is a very fine line between brilliance and insanity, there also exists a fine line between passion and fantasy. Healthy passion for one’s business actually brings focus and clarity of thought, which serve to accelerate growth and create sustainable success.
Passion is built into each individual when born, unfortunately a lot of individuals are put into a system where they don’t realize they have passion. Instead just work diligently to be what society expects them to be.
How many leaders today can say ”We have been taught to search for our passion?” Does your organization teach leaders to search for their passion?
Allowing leadership within your organization to search for passion can be a fruitful exercise, not only will it rejuvenate your company but it will drive results, innovation, culture, and morale. The key to this exercise is linking passion with results, other than that your company will be a dream shortly. Are you doing a job that you are passionate about? Lack of passion is a problem a lot of organizations encounter every day, and they lack to make that breakthrough innovation, the difference in their community, or simply the difference within their organization. Passion does not replace knowledge, expertise or experience but it’s a drive that will enable you to attain all of those even if that means hard working hours.
What effect does the passion of your leader have on your morale, performance, appetite to innovate and making a difference? On the other side of the coin what about you as a leader, what difference do you achieve when you are passionate about something, how does your team react or deliver? Passionate leaders take people into unchartered territory, which delivers purposeful results that creates legacies.
As part of leadership management you can discover your passion even if the industry you are in, is not what you are passionate about. The search for your passion and how to integrate it within your job function to deliver higher value as a leader is a process. Prior to starting the process there are some facts about passion that you must use to avoid moving from passion to fantasy
1- Passion in a leader is a deep and abiding commitment to a cause, a vision, an enterprise.
2- Passionate leaders think clearly and seek independent counsel and advice to continually gut-check and refine their thinking
3- Effective leadership teams have a balance of left-brain and right-brain thinkers from a variety of backgrounds in order to draw from the broadest possible array of experiences when formulating positions and options.
4- Passion which is balanced by perspective and reason can reveal purpose, but passion absent those filters can just as easily impede purpose
Are you a passionate leader? Do you have this quality of perseverance through adversity? Can you stay focused and moving toward success even when things are tough? Is your passion creating clarity, focus and purpose, or is it blinding you from seeing the reality of your current situation? How can passionate leaders translate their passion to results? What problems do passionate leaders cause in a business environment?
I’d love to hear how you or others have demonstrated passion and the impact it had on your life or your business.