How Great Leaders Ignite Passion and Performance

How Great Leaders Ignite PassionLook at today’s top-performing companies, and you’ll inevitably find a high degree of employee engagement. From frontline workers to CEOs, people are passionate about their companies’ purpose, values and mission.

Most workers are motivated to give their best and often go beyond what’s required. Some are lucky enough to work for companies that are consistently designated a “best place to work.”

But for countless other organizations, only 20% of employees say they’re excited about work. They show up to earn a paycheck. At most, they aim to achieve personal success and climb the promotion ladder.

In the first workplace, people are passionate. In the latter, they’re looking out for themselves, with management struggling to realize performance goals. We can attribute the difference to organizational factors like hierarchy, processes, incentives and, often, personalities.

But the real culprit may be leaders’ failure to ignite passion.

“To put it bluntly, the most important task for any manager today is to create a work environment that inspires exceptional contribution and that merits an outpouring of passion, imagination and initiative.” ~ Gary Hamel, What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation (Jossey-Bass, 2012)

This article explores how great leaders ignite passion in their people to give extraordinary performance and achieve stellar results.

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  • Passion principles
  • Passion starts with purpose
  • Purpose and passion
  • Hire for passion
  • Recognize and reinforce passion
  • Company culture, events and team projects
  • Linking passion to performance
  • Leadership tips for sparking passion


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