Think back on when you first became a leader. How was your passion level for the leadership position? If you were like me, I’m sure your passion for your new role showed brightly through to everyone around you. Now look and see how your passion is today. Do you still have the same fire and passion for the leadership position or do you need to reignite it? I’ve found some common reasons why a leader would have to reignite their passion for leadership. They include but are not limited to:
- The weight of leadership (past post) takes a toll on you over the years
- The stress and demand of a project or task causes you to burn out
- Personnel problems or issues weigh heavy on your shoulders
- A significant situation or issue happens at home
- You failed in a major leadership role at work
I want to share with you some practical ways to reignite your passion for leadership. Let them help you whenever you need to reignite your passion for leading.
Focus On Your Life-Purpose
The reason you were created, your life purpose, has likely taken you into a leadership position. A large aspect of your life-purpose is fulfilling your leadership calling. Often when you lose passion for your position you have lost focus of your life-purpose. Take time to refocus your attention on your life-purpose and why you wanted to start leading in the first place. If you have not yet figured out your life-purpose, make sure to spend time to discover it.
Reprogram Your Mind
Our thinking and thoughts are revealed in our actions and attitudes. If you are noticing you have lost your passion for leadership and/or are having negative actions or attitudes, then you should consider taking some time to reprogram your mind toward the good. I recommend taking 1-3 days to perform a check-up on what you are thinking and telling yourself throughout the day. This will allow you to determine if your self-talk, thoughts, and thinking are leaning toward the bad or negative aspects of your life and leadership role; or if they are taking you toward the good and positive aspects. If they are leaning toward the side you don’t want, you can begin to reprogram your mind.
Take A Break
The inner drive and desire for success often causes leaders to overwork. It’s all work and no rest or fun. But the reality is, sooner or later with this type of thinking you will lose your passion for leadership due to burnout. You should intentionally take a day or half a day off of work each week and an annual sabbatical (longer time off). Breaks allow you to rest and have fun which recharges your battery.
Remember The Impact You Make
In the Four Types of Influence I shared the main types of influence a leader can have. They included, negative, natural, positive, and life changing influence. If you are a leader who uses positive or life changing influence as your main tool for leading then you will be making a huge difference and impact with those you lead. Take time to look back and reflect on the people you have positively impacted through your influence. Remembering you had a small but significant role in your people’s lives can reignite your passion for leadership. Never forget you make a huge difference.
Study To Learn About Other Great Leaders
History is full of noteworthy leaders to learn from. If you are finding you are losing your passion for leadership, consider studying to learn about the lives and accomplishments of famous or historical leadership figures. Reading their stories, hearing them present a speech, or meeting with them can inspire you to be an exemplary leader. Let their life, influence, and example reignite your passion for leadership.
Question: How do you reignite your passion for leading and leadership?
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