The final element of Focus in a leader is Passion and Dedication
Most of the great leaders of history are passionate about their quest. But passion is not necessarily present in every leader in every undertaking. Dedication is absolutely essential if a leader is to succeed. But Passion and dedication are not always synonymous.
Colin Powell is a proven leader. His military life presents the picture of an individual who worked his way to the very top, admired by friends and foes. He looks like a leader. He acts like a leader. He is well informed and intelligent. He is a great public speaker. He shows a passion for his cause—usually.
I once had the honor of having breakfast with him at an insurance industry function and then listening to him as he captured the attention and respect of the entire room. This was prior to the first George W. Bush nomination. He gave no inkling of any particular political leanings. But most of us in the audience that morning—especially those of us who were able to speak to him one-on-one prior to his presentation—came away believing that if he chose to run for president, he could win no matter what ticket he selected. More…