Here's an article on the Detroit Chamber of Commerce site, titled The essence of great leadership: Creating passion and purpose in the workplace, that's music to my ears. It says that great leadership is about an ability to tap into the personal growth, passion, and purpose of each employee and align that with the goals of the company.
Good leaders create an organization with a purpose that rises above the bottom line; great leaders go a step further, finding ways to leverage the passion of each employee in order to create incentives that transcend financial rewards.
The greatest leaders rely on a simple, timeless idea in order to create passionate, purposeful workplaces: the highest purpose in life is growth. We’re not talking about currently popular American notions of growth here -- e.g. growth of your bank account, mortgage payment, or waistline. No, this notion of personal growth goes back to the ancient Greeks: growth in wisdom, in maturity and in one’s contribution to society...
The first step in creating a workplace that promotes personal growth is to determine your organization’s purpose or reason for existing. This purpose must go beyond financial concerns and speak to the ancient, growth-inspiring question of contribution to society.
The next step is to create the intrinsic incentives that motivate employees to work towards the organization’s purpose; these incentives are based on passion.
You can’t “make” employees passionate about work -- passions cannot be imposed externally. Instead, great leaders create environments where employees embrace the corporate purpose, and have numerous opportunities to discover how their individual passions support it.
They go on to outline some attributes of an environment that fosters that:
* Clearly articulated organizational purpose
* Complimentary extrinsic and intrinsic rewards
* Leadership by example
And a nice parting note:
Having a leadership mentality implies the conscious choice to live a life of meaning and to create an environment for all those around us to do the same.Curt Rosengren Passion Catalyst SM