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Friday, March 8, 2024

Lean Quote: Let Enthusiasm Drive Your Leadership

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.  —  John Muir

Enthusiasm; intensity about a subject; willingness to engage others on their terms with respect to the threats and possibilities; deep knowledge about the subject; examples from one's own experience - all of these are marks of passion.  These are attributes that can be studied, learned, and acquired over time.  They grow from believing that there must be a better way for your organization to survive and prosper in a competitive world.

Passion is everything. Without passion there is no drive to succeed. It is the fuel of the will, and everything you do as a leader must express your passion. Passion is contagious and is easily shared. Passion will bridge moments of weakness and will drive you past your failures while reaching for your goals. Passion radiates from you and is easily detected by others.

Enthusiastic leaders are able to make visions come alive. They do this by being inspirational, and passionate and by breathing life into the vision via their enthusiasm and energy. Enthusiasm is infectious and makes leaders more credible. It’s the exact opposite of being dull and boring. It’s the enthusiastic transmission of energy that brings a vision to life for the leader’s followers.

A leader without passion isn’t a leader. He’s a paper pusher. Or a taskmaster. Passion drives a lot, and you can inspire so much in others through your own passion and enthusiasm. That doesn’t mean you have to be constantly cheery; it means you’ve got to believe in what you’re doing and what your company is doing.

The team will feed off your energy, your example. They will sense and follow your motives, so keep it positive. As you cultivate these behaviors in your own life, you will reap the benefits. Let enthusiasm drive your leadership.

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