PURPOSE & PASSION – KEY STRENGTHS FOR LEADERS

Passion seems to be largely misunderstood. To be honest, I am in the process of discovering (not learning) my true passion too.

Passion can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. You discover you have a passion for a skill or a profession, or you discover you don’t. Just like you don’t “learn to love” someone, you don’t “learn to have passion.” Passion is like energy. You can’t teach energy. But you can cultivate and harness energy, just as you can do the same with passion. You can’t force people to be passionate about something they aren’t, whether it’s your brand, or a sport, or technology, or whatever it is that’s your passion. They either are or not.

Whether the above sentiments are true or not, I believe you can be the judge of it!

Human Resources practitioners will say, the first thing we look for when hiring new staff is personality. In their eyes, personality always wins over book smarts. Purpose is no longer a buzzword. It’s a must-have. Passion and purpose will keep people focused on the job at hand, and ultimately separate the successful from the unsuccessful.

Some wonder what it is about some leaders, who seem to have that extra “Oohmph?” Their people are unusually productive, grievances from their area are infrequent and quality is high. People from other areas want to be transferred to their departments. What is their secret? Purpose! Passion! Enthusiasm! These leaders have a clearly defined purpose that transcends merely pushing products & services.

Other psychological studies show that, when you’re proud of the company you work for, you work harder without being asked. You don’t mind a few extra hours. You step outside your job description not as a renegade. You talk about your company not because it’s part of your job, but because you’re proud, even prone to bragging about how much easier it is for you to go to work every day.

In my view, you can replace pride with passion. If you’re truly passionate about what you do or who you work for, you don’t care about anything.

But let’s look at Biblical teachings on Purpose and passion, before we judge;

One man who lived a hard life found this secret, he was passionate about his purpose-driven life. His name was Caleb, and we find his story in Joshua 14:6-14. Three times his brief biography states that Caleb “Followed the Lord…wholeheartedly”. There is the key.

Passion and clear purpose served Caleb well for his many years. And these two qualities are still an essential part of great leadership. For Caleb, that purpose and its consequent passion were transcendent. He found a life-consuming passion: “I followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” No higher purpose and no greater passion exist.

Key Leadership take out:

Find your purpose and passion as a leader. This gives maximum meaning to whatever a leader does.

Leaders in whatever category need to articulate their purpose into practical passionate strategies. Leaders should be able to do the following – key learning from “purpose drive book too”:

  • Program their teams around their purposes.
  • Educate their teams on the purpose. Change doesn’t happen by chance; it occurs as leaders cultivate settings and procedures that facilitate the education of those they serve/lead.
  • Create small teams/groups based on the intended purpose. Rather than forcing everyone to conform to a “one size fits all” mentality.
  • Add team members based on passion & purpose. Rather than just hiring people who possess character and competence, leaders should look for staff with a passion for the purpose. People who are self-motivated about an area where they have passion.
  • Develop structures & teams that work together to systematically fulfill the intended purpose.
  • Consistently & continually evaluate their effectiveness.

Summary of our lesson:

If we fail to strategise as leaders according to an overarching purpose, we will never accomplish the things God wants for us.

So I Guess you now have the answer on whether passion can be taught especially to Leaders!

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