Anyone who knows me knows that I am a passionate person. If you are human, you probably have something that you are passionate about too. Yet, many managers lack the passion at work to inspire their workforce.
How do you inspire your unmotivated staff? Have you tried cash? Rewards? Bribery? If what you are doing is not working, you need to try something different. Have you explored leading your organization with passion? In a nutshell, you will be playing the role of the passionate leader. This person has an internal drive because “he loves what he does.” Are you internally inspired?
Let me make a distinction between a great leader and great manager. I’ve seen passionate managers; however, they weren’t great leaders.These managers were zealots for getting the tasks completed and checking the boxes. Their influence was directly related to their position in the organization, not their personal influence. Richard Joyner, author of Leadership Management, notes the qualities that make a good leader would make poor managers in general. What is the critical reason for this distinction? A manager must be detailed-oriented to achieve success while a good leader must be concept-oriented (seeing the big picture). There are a few exceptions, however. Joyner explains that large organizations are usually bureaucratic and make it difficult for great leaders to rise to the top. In my organization, it is difficult to implement innovative processes due to a bureaucratic structure. Managers are rewarded for handling tasks, not inspiring people.
Some leaders are forced to start new organizations (for example, Steve Jobs of Apple). In fact, some leaders disrupt the status quo with their passion. For example, Jesus Christ was not part of “the establishment” but his zeal transformed the world. Therefore, countless leaders (especially change agents) can be energized with their passion. Indeed, it is a critical component for any leader who wants to transform their organizations. If you want a more charged organization, it starts at the top, leader!
What is the reason for the lack of passion in many leaders in contemporary organizations?
© 2010 by Daryl D. Green