So what is a passionate leader? What does it mean to have passion in the workplace? What are passionate employees? What does a passionate leader look like? How can they be identified? Is passion something that can be taught? Is passion simply a drug that can be prescribed? Is it essential for success? Should everyone be passionate? How much does passion cost? Can passion be purchased? Can passion be hired?Are there people who do not have a passion for anything? Is passion an essential ingredient for a successful employee? Should our employees bring the passion, or is it up to us to create it? What passion looks like?

PASSION: 

Noun –  The object of an intense desire, ardent affection, or enthusiasm – An outburst expressing intense emotion

Philosophy – (a)Any state of the mind in which it is affected by something external, such as perception, desire, etc, as contrasted with action. (b) Feelings, desires or emotions, as contrasted with reason.

Organisational passion comes from the top down, coming from a passionate leader. It is the responsibility of people in positions of leadership and, or authority to cultivate an inclusive workplace that thrives on the culture of passion.

Passionate employees are hard to describe, but we know them when we see them – though that doesn’t mean they all look and act alike. The passion tends to pour out and can be extremely infectious and also extremely powerful in terms of a company’s ability to team build, increase and maintain employee motivation, improve morale, improve productivity and general workforce well-being. Here are some common characteristics of passionate employees:

  • Possess a desire to continuously improve
  • Bring their best self to work
  • Focus on the opportunities instead of the obstacles
  • Aren’t easily discouraged
  • Optimism
  • Driven to do their best
  • Open, respectful and responsive
  • Good listeners, positive and encouraging to those around them

How is passion created? Can it be created? Can certain people create and influence passion?
It is certainly possible to create passion, after all, there are thousands of examples of passionate people, working solo or as a collective, that end up producing extraordinary results. A passionate leader has a responsibility to create a culture of passion within any organisation, big or small.

Conversely, organisations can suffer at the hands of passion killing people. These people can act like atmosphere hoovers, busily vacuuming up enthusiasm, positivity resulting in the erosion of a passionate team and or company culture. It’s easier to kill passion that it is to grow passion. Anyone can kill passion. It can be killed far quicker than it can be grown. It takes very little effort to kill passion whereas it can take huge effort to build passion. Organisational passion comes from the top down. It is the responsibility of everyone in positions of leadership to cultivate an inclusive workplace that thrives on the culture of passion.

  • Dwelling on the obstacles
  • Constantly changing the focus/goals/direction
  • Micromanaging
  • Unresolved conflict
  • Poor communication
  • Sarcasm and negativity

A business should be at its most aware when it’s most passionate of people fall silent.

Passion creators – Leading with passion
So, how can we create passion? Here are six tips each of us can live out.
Build trust with your teammates. When the people you lead (or work alongside) know you trust them, they are freed up to do their best work. Earn respect from your team and colleagues. Be compassionate and understanding when you need to be. Identify and discuss how your actions are going to improve their professional abilities. Share your excitement and passion about the project and its objectives. Be inclusive, explaining each of the team members roles in ensuring they know that if they bring their best game to the table, anything and everything is possible.

  • Be positive – be patient – EARN respect
  • Encourage those around you – Be RESPECTFUL
  • Cultivate openness and sincerity and protective
  • Build Trust and INSIST it from others
  • Be inclusive – Be Clear – Be consistent – LEAD
  • LISTEN, listen and listen some more

Essentially, creating a culture of passion with a work environment is the responsibility of everyone. However, the leader should set the tone and lead by example. A leader that understands the importance of developing a culture of passion will regularly reinforce their belief and their attitude of sharing. The will lead the way on demonstrating camaraderie and commitment and they will continually talk about the team’s common purpose. Everyone has off days….but a passionate team will always rally around and form a tight, succinct and driven team capable of achieving serious results.