We are in a world of self exploration, expansion, limitlessness, and passion. Knowing what grabs our attention and what it takes to stay with an idea from beginning to end is effective use of passion. We hear about pairing passion with love, service, drive, and/or empathy to get more results more amplified (and be more fulfilled).

Unfortunately that is not enough.

Passion easily can inhibit our growth, personally and professionally, because it’s comfortable to feel good.

Seeking more of what feels good, and what we think we need to learn about ourselves is a lifelong endeavor … a type of lifelong learning. Skills to navigate a career path are impacted by our efforts to learn about ourselves.

The positives: finding our voice; gaining experiences from exciting and difficult situations; and embracing empathy.

The negatives: self-discovery can become a full time job; the lack of application from discovery to show up fully different; it’s hard and hurts when people don’t immediately embrace our decisions to change.

Here are four steps to develop empathy that can also be used to build personal leadership, as well as to communicate a shared vision around excitement and possibility:

  1. Manage Your Own Emotions
  2. Practice Non-Judgement
  3. Be Curious
  4. Listen Actively

Passion means different things to different people.

Passion shows up in many ways. For some, it may be through results … for others it’s motivation … and for another set of individuals it’s contributing. In leadership, there is an integration of all three.

Knowing which way you tend to naturally turn to is only part of understanding your passions. Consciously recognizing that – and how – other people show their passion, their interests, is important for recognizing the contributions of others. When we want outcomes, motivation, and vision…

It’s up to us to observe, ask questions, and set expectations for our employees.

The same is true for ourselves, too. To observe, ask questions, and set expectations for ourselves is necessary to achieve outcomes, be motivated and have a clear vision. When we are strong in only one of these areas, we may think we’re on track and then be (unpleasantly) surprised if we miss the goal.

Regardless of outcome, our reactions and responses matter. How we treat ourselves is modeling unwritten expectations to those around us.

“You’ve got to walk the talk when you’re in any business advocating behavioral change, which may mean facing certain demons, owning up to them and changing your ways.” – Celia Stokes, CEO, eDriving

Harness your passion (effectively).

We can make passion work for us to reach our goals and our company’s goals. We can also make passion work for us to be the fuel for others.

It’s about being involved and curious. It’s about asking the (hard) questions.

Critical thinking is a large part of leading with leadership. When we are fueled, excited, and filled with passion the biggest pitfall is moving forward without enough thinking. Without critical thinking.

We will get it wrong. We will make mistakes. We may even have regrets.

Sometimes … we aren’t passionate about something until we learn the skills to master a specific goals, concepts, and big ideas.

We must practice relentlessly, and take the time to find out what makes us a passionate leader and how we share our passion effectively with others.

How do you use your passion about your contributions through your business? How do you know if you’ve gone too far?

In the next Women’s Leadership Roundtable, we will discuss what it means to have passionate leadership. We will explore the values that build our passion. We will explore traits that we need to support others by being their motivation, stating the outcomes, and inviting them to embrace our vision.

Find out more about the Women’s Leadership Roundtable.

If you are in Denver area please join us on May 25 at Westminster, CO Mathnasium Register for Women’s Leadership Roundtable.

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Resources:

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