Initially this is purely a philosophical question about life that has never really needed an answer. However, not answering the question isn’t just a mistake; it’s not taking the question seriously and declaring the answer. Over the past two months the question has been like a second voice – calling out demanding an answer. And the constant nagging feeling from the voice would not stop until one is pleasingly declared.
Where to start declaring an answer that grabs you, pulls you in and shouts, “Yes! This is what I’m about.” To have such clarity pulls you forward guiding you in the journey that is your life.
I now know that such clarity is at the core of all great leaders and leadership. It serves as a gauge for personal and professional decisions; it adds a shade of lightness to the ambiguity, and is an anchor for character, for starters.
Now let’s remove all the introspective language, what I’m really getting at is passion and purpose – the overarching clarity in both. For leaders in today’s ever changing world of business, communities, families, churches, teams or wherever, it is no longer acceptable that the question of one’s direction is treated as philosophical.
Today and future leaders must do much more personal work to powerfully declare in their beliefs, actions, and words of where they are going in life. And to inform such an answer is to have clarity on your purpose in life and what ignites your passion.
Passionate leadership is about energy, commitment, a belief, a concern with social justice and the amazing optimism that we as leaders can make a difference. What is it that makes some leaders so passionate about their role that they inspire their staff and transform lives?
Passion must be the driving force that moves vision into action. As a leader one should operate on the emotional and spiritual resources of the organisation, on its values, commitment, and aspirations. Leaders often inspire their followers to high levels of achievement by showing them how their work contributes to worthwhile ends. Whereas passionate leadership establishes a set of values and purposes that underpin the process in the company / business. Most significantly it is the individual passion and commitment of the leader that drives the values and purposes into reality.
Beliefs are statements or views that help us set our personal views and experiences into context. For some, this is a daunting task as it has been for me. And for that, I want to share and finally declare my answer.
It’s time to be busy about aligning my purpose and passion with my work and in my relationships. This is necessary to ensure I complete what I’m meant to complete with greater fluidity.
As said by the great poet (in my eyes) Henry David Thoreau “It’s not enough to be busy… the question is: ‘What are we busy about?”
I ask whoever reads this post, where are you going in life. And are you busy doing the things that get you there?
Have an amazing week…..