Leaders need passion. Passion breeds commitment. It breeds disciplined effort and the burning desire to do all that is necessary to succeed. I’ve seen many leaders use passion to impact the people around them. When they bring an energy and excitement to their work it is contagious. People want to perform better and give their all.
Passion in the workplace has its origins in the field of positive psychology. For the last thirty years, this field has contributed a wealth of research and information about passion, happiness, and fulfillment. Martin Seligman, the father and pioneer of positive psychology, believed that the most satisfied, upbeat people were those who had discovered and exploited their unique combination of “signature strengths,” such as humanity, temperance, and persistence.
Seligman viewed happiness, and the pursuit of our passions, in three categories: a) the Pleasant Life – learning to savor and app