Leadership with Passion

Leadership with Passion

Leadership with Passion

Early in my career, when I first became a supervisor, I didn’t practice leadership with passion. I was unsure of myself and had gotten into it merely because I knew I didn’t want to be a line worker on a factory floor my whole career, and also because I didn’t know what I was passionate about, but I enjoyed working with the people on the floor.

Some people are lucky and they identify their passion early in life and have a clear path toward what they want to do for a career. I wasn’t one of those people. I had a hard time figuring out what I was passionate about and what I wanted to do for a career. To tell the truth I don’t know if I still have found my one thing, if there even is any one thing that I am meant to do.

The reality is that most of us will never find that one thing that we were meant to do. Instead, we have to take the life we are given and make the most of it. If you think about that though it is really powerful. I don’t have to know what my one purpose in life is, in fact I don’t have to be limited by having one purpose, I can choose multiple paths and explore as freely and as fully as I want to, seeing how far I can go in whatever path I choose.

Being a manager and a leader is one of those paths that allows us a lot of freedom and a lot of opportunity to have a huge impact on the lives of others. Think about how a current or past manager has impacted you either positively or negatively. Think about how their actions either motivated or unmotivated you.

We spend almost 70% of any given week at work, and as managers and supervisors we have an opportunity to make our work environment a place where people feel that they have an opportunity to express themselves, challenge themselves, and contribute to a larger cause. We can develop passion in ourselves and in those we lead and make a tremendous impact on other people in a very positive manner.

This is why I love being a manager, because I have the ability to have a positive impact on people. I am able to make my work environment a place where people enjoy coming to work every day. A place where people will know that they have support and encouragement. Where they will be able to express themselves without the fear of judgement or punishment.

If you don’t enjoy learning, growing, being challenged, or working with people then you probably shouldn’t be a manager or supervisor.

Embrace the career you have chosen. Embrace your ability to affect positive change on the people and organizations that you serve. And remember that as a manager and leader you are in service to others. You serve the employer that pays you your salary and you serve the people you are entrusted with leading.

Finding your passion for leadership requires you to realize that this career is about service to others and it can have an impact like no other career. Even if you are a shift supervisor or a middle manager you are responsible for affecting change at the most crucial area of your organization. Any organization is a failure or a success because of the daily work that is done at the lowest levels of an organization. It is the line workers and base line employees who produce the products and services that keep the doors open of any organization. Too often organizations and managers get so focused with climbing the ladder, or advancing in their careers, that they forget the importance of the people at the bottom, and the impact that they can make with those people.

Don’t take people for granted. Give respect to those who are willing to do the tedious and hard work, the grunt work, the work that really makes an organization successful. Appreciate the fact that you get to make a huge impact where it really matters. And embrace your role as a leader by developing passion for leading people.

As human beings we need others to survive and to flourish. We are not solitary creatures. As a manager you are entrusted with leading a community of people at your work. You have the ability to make their work heavy or light. You have the ability to bring positive change to your organization at the ground level. Develop a passion for people, for leadership, and for service and realize that there is something noble and good in managing people if only you see the bigger picture and embrace your role in it.

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