The narrow-minded focus that was so prevalent in past generations regarding leadership has gradually given way, partially in thanks to neuroscience and a better understanding of the human psyche, to a new type of leadership. Passion helps drive and inspire people to create and innovate, and this passion has a prominent place in modern leadership styles.
While producing the Make Me A Leader Documentary, I had an enlightening conversation with Maurizio Floris, Program Director - John Grill Centre for Project Leadership in Sydney. We discussed the qualities that major project leaders should possess. The ‘old-school’ leadership styles of the past simply can’t compete in the global economies of today, which are faster and more connected than ever.
Floris believes that while working on projects, you will inevitably work with different people during the different stages of the project. You’ll have to adjust to new cultures, new ideas, and continually rebuild the sense of team. In our discussion, Floris touched on three qualities important for project leaders.
If you can bring passion to your work, others will sense it, and it will generate higher energy and commitment.
While many leaders are often project leaders some of the time, you are still a manager of people and resources. As a leader, there are three things that you can do to ensure that your leadership style is productive and allows for creativity
If you aren’t enjoying your work, and you have lost that spark of joy and passion that led you to your position, perhaps you need to recharge and think about what your goals are. People want to follow leaders who have that spark, and it’s difficult to inspire your employees when you don’t feel the passion! As a leader, you have to admit when it’s time to work on yourself.
Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist and filmmaker. Silvia is the Founder & CEO of the About my Brain Institute, creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and director of the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’.
Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.