Steps to Management Success – Step 132: Lead with Passion

Written By Rick Frishman Published April 15th, 2010


Lead with Passion

Empires may start with great, innovative ideas, but their success is usually fueled by their leaders’ passion. Ideas are plentiful, and when standing alone, they’re seldom enough. To be successful, they must be well implemented and strategically directed. Passion energizes ideas; it creates the excitement that drives their realization and success. Business leaders’ enthusiasm attracts supporters, followers who believe in their leaders’ visions and will tirelessly strive to make them work. Supporters who feed off their leaders’ passion will enlist others to advance the cause.

WHAT IT MEANS: All successful businesses need direction; they must continually be kept on tract. They must have a mission and be true to it. Great leaders excel at providing that direction. They succeed because they are convinced of the value of their mission and excel at communicating the depth of their belief to others. Great leaders’ passion inspires and excites others and convinces them to follow their lead.

ACTION PLAN: Unleash your emotions so that they come across in your actions and speech. Express your true feelings, but don’t exaggerate or become overly dramatic. Always be honest. Excitement is contagious when it’s genuine, but people can sense if what they’re told doesn’t ring true. If they don’t believe you, they will turn you off and you can end up preaching to an unreceptive flock.

EVEN BETTER: Surround yourself with advisors who are objective and will tell you the truth. Then, listen to them. Passion can be a double-edged sword. Although it can excite and inspire others, it can also keep you from seeing or not giving sufficient weight to flaws in your basic thesis or approach. Have your advisors constantly monitor you to make sure that you don’t stray.

(Excerpted from: 10 Clowns Don’t Make a Circus. . . and 249 Other Critical Management Success Strategies by Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman)

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