Leading from Purpose – your golden opportunity

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“There is a natural pull for executives, even CEOs, to be managers rather than leaders. They can become so focused on profit that they cannot generate profit because they cannot release the human commitment that lies dormant in the organization. The workforce does not flourish or exceed expectations. 

This blindness is your opportunity. If you dedicate yourself to learning how to imbue an organization with purpose, your chances of succeeding at every level go up.  You will be able to do what many CEOs cannot do.”

~ Robert E. Quinn, from his post “A Golden Opportunity

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Purpose and the power of purpose-driven leadership is a recurring theme for me.

Today am simply happy to share that powerful excerpt from Robert E. Quinn’s post (and encourage you to click through and read the full post), as well as the image from Unpsychology. I also give thanks to my friend and wise curator of wide-ranging wisdom, Bruce Peters of Beyond Teal , who shared that post with me with the introductory words: “Some food for thought or grist intersecting with a couple of your recent posts.”

Take the golden opportunity as a leader to focus on purpose, then do the work to align, engage and enrol your people (see the Cascading Leadership model), then you will unleash their passion to achieve their potential and that of your organisation.


Also published on Medium.

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