Passion … can’t be taught, can’t be inherited, can’t be faked (for very long) … but it is essential for effective leadership.
Dan Rockwell tells us why.
Passion to change things – to make a difference – eats away at you. Show me a leader who’s always content and I’ll show you a lousy leader.
Finding happiness as a leader means learning to navigate tensions between:
- Dissatisfaction and satisfaction.
- Discontentment and contentment.
- Unhappiness and happiness.
Early in my career dissatisfaction and discontent dominated my personal landscape. I was constantly unhappy with progress, my performance, and the path we were on.
Finding your leadership happiness:
First, Kouzes and Posner said a mouthful when they said, “Leaders inspire shared vision.” Leadership happiness depends on “shared” vision. Without that, you’re sad and alone. The more people who share the vision the happier leaders become.
Second, know their way works too. People seldom do things the way you would. They’re too slow, too fast, too cautious, too detailed. The real question is, will their way get you there?
Leaders who engage…
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