Leaders Put Passion into People
Creating Passion is a Multi-Step Process
Leadership can be defined in one word: influence. Although there is a simple definition for it, the process of influencing others isn’t quite that simple. To bring about the influence, you have to be able to instill passion into people.
Instilling passion isn’t just telling them your vision and expecting them to go out and help you accomplish what you’re dreaming up. There is a multi-step process that is needed to help make your dream their dream. It all starts with building the relationship.
Leaders Create a Relationship
You can have the best organization in the world, with the best systems in place, with high paying positions that are fun to work. But nobody will want to work for that company for long. The passion will quickly fade when the leadership isn’t there. Before any of that, you have to build the relationship with people.
Relationship building is the easy part though. How many of us have worked at jobs where you get an annual review? Your supervisor goes through and ticks off boxes to see if you’re meeting your job duties. If satisfactory, you might get a pat on the back and a raise. Leaders take a different approach. At least weekly, and often several times each week, they sit down with those in the organization. They encourage new methods, outside the box thinking, and open dialogue. When that trust is developed, the relationship can flourish.
Leaders instill a Vision
Only after the relationship is built will people start to see the vision. It has been there all along, the leader is passionate about his or her vision. But people don’t follow a vision, they follow people. Once the relationship is strong, then the leader can start to instill the vision into those in the organization.
That comes about in small steps. Helping other people make your vision their own is a tough thing to do. Using key words like “We” and “Our” help to create that bond that can transfer the vision to them. For instance, instead of “The company’s goal is to hit $1 million in revenue this year.” You would say, “Our goal is to hit $1 million in revenue this year.” And then outline what “we” have to do to get to that point, not what the employee has to do.
Leaders Inspire Others
Inspiration can be done in a few different ways. But when it’s done wrong, it creates resentment and action for the wrong reasons. For instance, you can inspire a worker to do more work by holding the threat of punishment over them. You can also inspire them to do more work by holding the reward of extra compensation over them. Both will accomplish the same end result, one will build resentment, and the other can lead to lethargy.
Inspiring others begins with that relationship, built with the vision, and perfected when those under you will work hard because they want to accomplish their vision (which is also your vision). When everyone works hard toward a common goal in which they all have ownership, everyone is inspired to be their beset.
Leaders Build Passion
As that inspiration takes hold, the passion takes hold. They now work for an organization that is founded on trust, it has a common vision, they’re inspired to work hard to get to that vision, and they are passionate about the entire thing.
Passion will, however, fade. Just like if you push a skateboard across a flat surface it will start rolling, but it will only keep rolling if you give it a push every now and then. To maintain the passion, you must keep building the relationship, keep promoting the vision, and keep the inspiration going.
How Do You Build Passion?
It’s easy to have passion for your own goal. It’s harder to instill that passion in others. It’s impossible to do so without the proper foundation. Do you find that nobody is getting on board with your vision? Perhaps it’s time to look to see if you’ve prepared the foundation properly.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, our goal is to build leaders. Maintaining those relationships, promoting the vision to shake up the auto body repair industry, and instilling that passion are what we do. A side effect of that foundation is that we happen to be the best auto body repair center in Montana.