Leaders: Fuel the Passion Discipline Duo
by Kate Nasser |
Today everyone is asking business leaders to engage employees. Fuel the passion! Business innovation requires it and long term success hinges on it. I agree that this is half the formula.
It takes two traits to be successful — passion and discipline.
Why has discipline fallen out of favor? Perhaps we are mistaking it for rigidity, dogmatism, and resistance to change. It is none of these things. It does not limit or constrain. It develops and guides.
It’s time for all leaders to fuel the passion discipline duo.
The Passion Discipline Duo
- Passion starts the journey and discipline guides around the curves.
- Passion generates new ideas and discipline vets the possibility against tangible reality.
- Passion creates bonds with teammates and customers and discipline delivers the strength to bond even in tough times.
- Passion breaks through resistance and overcomes obstacles. Discipline sustains when passion wanes.
The Passion Discipline Duo is in Jeopardy When Leaders
- Are strong in passion or in discipline and don’t honor the other — in others.
- Use stressful times or times of decline as a reason to harp only on discipline.
- Demand evidence too early in a new venture or ignore evidence to avoid admitting mistakes.
- Allow any team member without the passion discipline duo to bully or sway the team to one trait.
- Give in to the fear of either trait.
High achievers of all types — from athletes to entrepreneurs and corporate leaders — fuel the passion discipline duo in themselves and their teams.
What actions do they take?
– Define passion and discipline with their teams
– Brainstorm and use a system to follow-through
– Give passion and discipline equal weight; celebrate both
– Keep the vision/goal always in sight of both
– Honor diverse team members and mentor their duo development
What would you add to this discussion about passion and discipline? What gets in the way of the duo? What fuels it?
From my experience to your success,
Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach
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