What are you passionate about? Your family? A hobby? A social cause?
Where would your job fall on that list? How important is passion in leadership?
Think of a person who is full of passion. Imagine how they live their life, how they approach each day, how they handle challenges. Imagine how they approach their work, their employees and their customers. What impact does their passion have on their success?
A passionate leader believes in the work that they are doing and has a vested interest in how successful their business is; they understand how their contributions can help their business succeed and often work relentlessly to achieve their goals. Passionate leaders often possess the following traits as well:
- Focus – Passionate leaders don’t just work towards a goal, they focus on a goal and do whatever is required to achieve that goal. Someone who leads with passion can’t help but pour every ounce of energy they have into doing what is needed to achieve their goal.
- Dedication – Dedication can be a powerful source of motivation and productivity when channeled appropriately. Dedicated leaders believe in themselves and their team with everything they have and they will not back down when faced with a challenge.
- Eagerness – Passionate leaders know there is always something new to learn – whether it’s the opportunity to learn a new skill or sharpen one that they already possess. If there is an opportunity to further advance their knowledge, they will take it.
- Drive – A leader who is passionate about what they do will produce results – quality results. If they do not have the skills necessary to accomplish a task, they will either learn the needed skills or find someone who has them.
- Perseverance – When faced with failure, a passionate leader will not give up; in fact, it only makes them want to work harder. They don’t allow anything to stand in the way of achieving what they set out to at the beginning of the project.
The question is how do we increase our passion for what we do? Below are three easy steps.
- Amplify the words you use. Passion is an emotion, so pack your message with words that motivate. Instead of saying “we are going provide good service” try saying “we are going to provide exceptional service.” Instead of saying “we are going to make a difference” try saying “we are going to change the world.”
- Build your belief in your message. In any given situation we can focus on what is right and what is wrong. Both are always available. Unfortunately most of us find it easier to focus on what is wrong. Look for examples of exceptional service and then focus on and talk about those examples until the belief is deep in your gut.
- Find great meaning and purpose in the work you are doing. Most of us find our greatest inspiration by what we can give to others. In order to “give” more we have to “be” more.
Think back to my first question: what are you passionate about? What great things will happen when you develop and apply that same passion to your work? Leave a comment and let me know how what difference you have seen in your career when you’ve truly felt a passion for what you were doing.