Seven Principles of Passion
Leadership is agony apart from passion.
Everyone one who ever made a difference had passion. Nothing of significance is done without it.
5 things that drain passion:
- Distant leaders.
- Work without purpose.
- Labor without rest.
- Achievement without reward.
- Negative teammates.
Reform or remove persistently negative people, even if they deliver results.
1 benefit of passion:
Cowardly leaders hide, lie, and make self-serving, self-protective decisions. Some fears are good, but cowardice is always bad.
Passion fuels boldness.
Leaders with passion speak up, lean in, and make mission-driven decisions.
Leaders with passion:
- Act boldly.
- Serve freely.
- Commit willingly.
When you fuel passion in others, you enable action.
Don’t drive people. Ignite their passion.
7 principles of passion:
- Share purpose. People who share purpose fuel each other’s passion.
- Do something that matters. It’s hard to get excited about something that doesn’t matter.
- No purpose, no passion.
- What are you doing, really? Making widgets? Selling products? Is that all?
- Chase a dream. Describe the world where your purpose is fulfilled. How is the world better because you succeed?
- Fight an enemy. Passion gets hotter when an enemies come knocking. What happens if you fail?
- Tell stories of passionate exploits.
- Who’s going the extra mile?
- Who joined the team?
- Who shares your beliefs?
- Energize passion with belief. They won’t go all-in if you focus on their weaknesses. Believe in your team.
- Reach high. Excellence honors passion. Noble purpose demands high standards.
- Describe better. Avoid nagging about failure.
- The opportunity of progress is it’s never done.
- Celebrate wins.
- Reach for better.
- Focusing on failure drains passion.
Bonus: Passionate leaders attract talent; passionless leaders repel it.
What drains your passion?
What ignites and fuels your passion?