Most recently it has occurred to me that people follow passion more than personality. I lived for many years under this misguided feeling that great leaders had the right personality. While watching some of the top executives over the past few months, it became apparent that many of these executives have no personality at all, but they have passion.
Passion is addictive, when someone really believes in something they are not only convincing in their speech, but they draw others along for the ride. Successful leaders have this attraction, when they believe in their company, believe in their employees, or believe in their product they attract others to the same belief.
Unfortunately, people follow misled passion as quickly as they follow well directed passion. Not many days pass before a news story caries a blip on a group of people who have cultishly started following an individual to their own harm. Everyone seems to want to believe in something, even if they have to borrow their belief from someone who already has passion for something they have not yet thought. The hectic life that many people live, does not afford them the time to have genuine new thoughts, therefore, they take the thoughts of the passionate people that surround them.
Thus to be a great leader, do more than learn the tricks of the trade, find something to have passion about, and allow people to follow you. While finding your passion, make sure you are well directed by the core beliefs and values that you find important in your life and to this world. Your Passion Perspective will guide you in directions, and it could also guide others in your direction. Determine carefully what you want of those that look up to you, and where you want them to go in this world. Their perspective of you may be based on your passion.