Do You Lead with Passion? Why not? –DeMarco Banter


Passion (from the Ancient Greek verb πάσχω (paskho) meaning to suffer) is a term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something.

I have heard many folks say leaders should NOT lead with emotion.  I think it is a bit of a fine line…but I prefer…we should be leading with passion.

A couple quotes to ponder:

“The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.”

— Field Marshal Ferdinand Foch

“One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.”

— E. M. Forster

“There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson.”

— Anthony Robbins

“Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”

— Henri Frederic Amiel

“With out passion you dont have energy, with out energy you have nothing.”

— Donald Trump

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters  -COLOSSIANS 3:23

Seems like experts spend a great deal of time trying to figure out what make leaders thrive.  There is a great deal of credit given to credentials, education, Grade Point Average (GPA), Standardized Testing, along with a myriad of other factors… but from a personal standpoint…more than anything else…passion makes the difference!

John Maxwell offers four truths about passion and what it can do for a leader

1) Passion is the first step to achievement:  Your desire determines your destiny.  The stronger your fire…the greater your desire–the greater your potential.

2) Passion increases your willpower:  There is no substitute for passion.  It is fuel for your will. If you want anything badly enough, you can find the will power to achieve it.

3) Passion changes you:  If you follow your passion…instead of others’ perceptions–you can’t help but become a more dedicated, productive person.  In the end your passion will have more influence than your personality.

4) Passion make the impossible…possible!:  Humans are so made that whenever anything fires their soul, impossibilities vanish.  A fire in the heart lifts everything in your life.  A leader with great passion and few skills…ALWAYS outperforms a leader with great skills and no passion.

So… as leaders… let’s not model leadership with no emotion… lets develop leaders of passion.

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