Photo by Zygimantas Dukau
by Joseph Lalonde
After years of leading, something begins to happen. The passion you once felt for leading others begins to wane. You feel tired and your heart is no longer in it.
You’ve lost your passion.
It happens to the best of us. Keeping the passion alive is hard.
Trials and tribulations begin to take their toll. You no longer feel effective. Or maybe turnover has been high and you’re just done.
I feel you. I really do.
Leadership is a lot like the relationships in your life. If you’re not careful, you can lose your passion for them. You can lose your passion for leading.
The good news is that you don’t have to have passionless leadership. You can regain your passion for leading like you can regain your passion for your spouse, your church, or your friends.
4 Keys To Keep Passion In Your Leadership
You may find the four keys I’m about to share interesting. You may even recognize them as ways you’ve reignited your passion for your spouse or church.
That’s the awesome thing. These four keys are transferrable to every aspect of your life you lose passion in.
1. Stop the negative talk:
Does leading feel like a chore these days? Have you been complaining about the tough things going on at the office?
Your complaining can be one of the reasons you’ve lost your passion for leading.
When we complain, we bring the negative aspects of leadership to our minds. We constantly remind ourselves of what went wrong. We never let ourselves forget it.
But what happens if you stop the negative talk? Your outlook will change.
By stopping the negative talk and beginning to talk about the positive, you will see there are awesome things happening in and through your leadership. Leadership isn’t as bleak as it looked when you were being negative about it.
Stop the negative talk. Begin talking positively.
2. Find support:
Too many people will try to lead by themselves. They’ll take on all the weight of leadership and refuse to delegate any of the work.
This will be a soul-crushing, passion draining experience.
You need to find support! You need people who will help you.
Seek out a support system. Find people who are willing to stand side-by-side with you. Allow yourself to be open and vulnerable with your support system.
3. Exercise more:
You may have lost your passion for leading because your health is in poor condition. Leaders can set aside their personal health while pushing forward with the organization’s agendas. This leads to burnout and a loss of passion.
You can’t lead well when you’re unwell. Exercise is the first step in getting healthier and regaining passion for the things you have lost.
Find ways to incorporate more exercise in your day. You may be inspired to see the healthy habits of over 50 other leaders.
4. Figure out what changed:
Sometimes things change in our duties and responsibilities. Maybe you took on a new role and the new role is draining your energy. Or maybe you thought a new project would be fun. It wasn’t and it has sucked the passion from you.
When things change, they can impact our passion levels for leadership. Look for what has changed, figure out why, if it can be changed again, and then work on bringing back the passion you once had for your leadership.
Leading won’t be easy. There will be times when your passion wanes. But you can find ways to keep or bring back your passion for leadership.
I hope the 4 keys I shared will help you regain or keep the passion you once had for leadership.
Question: What do you do to keep the passion you have for leadership?