We know there are many types of leaders in workplaces; some good, some great, and others who should not lead at all. There are leaders who rise through the ranks and are recognized by their technical expertise yet lack the passion for leading teams. You may recall a popular quote (and one of my favorites) from John Quincy Adams, the 6th president of the United States, that describes a leader best: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, become more, you are a leader.” What are the actions that make a passion-powered leader?
A passion-powered leader possesses a unique blend of traits and characteristics that inspire and motivate others through their genuine enthusiasm and commitment. External rewards or positions of authority do not just drive these leaders; their passion for their work and cause is the driving force behind their leadership style.
Here are some key traits and characteristics of a passion-powered leader:
- Authenticity: Passion-powered leaders are authentic to themselves and others. They don’t try to be someone they’re not, and they are open about their values, beliefs, and passions. Their authenticity resonates with others and builds trust.
- Inspirational: These leaders have a knack for inspiring and energizing their teams. They
lead by example, and their enthusiasm is contagious. They make their team members
believe in themselves and in the vision, they are pursuing.
- Resilience: Passion-powered leaders are often resilient in facing challenges and setbacks.
Their passion for their work and their commitment to their goals help them persevere
through tough times and encourage others to do the same. They are also highly emotionally intelligent as well.
- Visionary: They have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and can communicate
it effectively to others. They inspire others with a sense of purpose and a shared mission.
- Empathy: Despite their passion and drive, these leaders are empathetic and
understanding. They practice deeply listening to their team members, consider their
perspectives, and show compassion when needed. This balance between passion and
empathy creates a supportive and inclusive environment.
- Adaptability: Passion-powered leaders are flexible in their approach. They are open to
new ideas and flexible in their strategies. They understand that the path to achieving their
goals may require adjustments.
- Optimism: Passionate leaders maintain a positive mindset and outlook, even in
challenging and uncertain situations. Their optimism can be infectious, helping the team
stay motivated and focused on solutions rather than problems.
- Commitment: These leaders are deeply committed to their cause or mission. Their
dedication is unwavering, and they are willing to put in the time and effort necessary to
achieve their goals.
- Continuous Learning: They are lifelong learners who constantly seek to improve
themselves and their knowledge. They encourage a culture of learning within their teams.
- Effective Communicators: Passion-powered leaders excel in communication and
articulate their vision, ideas, and expectations clearly, concisely, and enthusiastically.
They also actively listen to their team members and foster open, honest communication.
Leaders ask engaging, thought-provoking questions to develop critical thinking. The
focus is on ‘we’ not just ‘I’.
- Team Builders: Leaders prioritize team unity, collaboration, and camaraderie. All team
members are empowered to contribute to the shared vision and recognized for their
strengths and talents. They watch for potential burnout and encourage members to focus
on their well-being, too.
- Ethical and Values-Driven: These leaders have a strong sense of ethics and values that
guide their decisions and actions. They lead with integrity and set high moral standards
for themselves and their teams.
In summary, a passion-powered leader is a visionary and authentic individual who inspires others through enthusiasm, empathy, and commitment. They create a positive and motivated work environment, driving their team toward shared goals with unwavering dedication and a deep sense of purpose. Now that’s a leader I would be honored to follow.
If you’d like to become or enhance your passion-powered leadership skills, consider working with me as your Certified Executive Leadership Coach. Let’s get started today. Schedule a discovery call here.
Anita, the Passionista, Torres, is co-author of the bestseller “Experts & Influencers: Leadership Series, compiled by Rebecca Hall Gruyter. As a Certified Executive Leadership Coach and Consultant, Anita guides entrepreneurs, business and corporate leaders to communicate simply, to engage teams powerfully, to create inclusive cultures, and to be leaders worth following using the powers of Passion in the Workplace, Emotional Intelligence, and Conversational Intelligence®.