Why is ENTHUSIASM so important in a leader?

The answer lies in the original Greek word enthuousiasmos, which literally means to be possessed by god, or – as it could be said – to be inspired. Enthusiasm is contagious. Think about it.

If you are not inspired yourself, how can you expect to inspire others?

Good leaders are enthusiasts.

They tend to generate in others the same wholehearted commitment to tasks as they exhibit in their own attitude and actions. Enthusiasm and passion go hand in hand. Passionate leaders have the spark that can foster commitment and determination in their employees.

Those leaders who lost their enthusiasm while climbing the corporate ladder cannot generate high engagement in their organisation. Unfortunately I have seen quite a few top leaders who have lost their passion in what they do along the way. Their days have lost colours. For them more and more things fall under the category of mundane and drudgery without saying. Or they work from autopilot for most of the time.

But what is common in every one of them that they are way too busy to notice what is really going on in their life.

Stop for a second and ask yourself: What makes your eyes sparkle?

"An enthusiastic heart finds opportunities everywhere." Paulo Coelho

Enthusiasm is a fuel. It makes your eyes shine and your blood simmer. It creates energy not just within but around you as well. But it has to be authentic. You cannot fake enthusiasm because it will show through. It is about you. It is a choice on how you determine to live your life everyday.

I truly believe it is entirely up to us to decide what success looks like for us and adjust our life, career and our ambition to this image.

So allow yourself 10 minutes out of your busy schedule and answer these questions for yourself:

  • On a scale 1 to 10 (1 = not at all, 10 very) how enthusiastic are you right now?
  • What do you feel passionate about what you do?
  • What gives you energy in your current position? What takes your energy away?
  • What do you like about what you do? How can you amplify it?
  • Even when you are exhausted, what is it about your work that makes you still feel it is worthwhile?
  • How do you want to live your life? This is how you want to live your life? If so, then enjoy it! What prevents you from enjoying it?


Source: Lessons in Leadership by John Adair

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