Leadership requires passion and emotion

English: picture of Charlie Batch at Steelers ...

English: picture of Charlie Batch at Steelers training camp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leadership requires passion and emotion.  As the leader, you have to care more about your organization (and your team) than anyone else.  If you are not passionate about your company, organization, product, service, or team, how will anyone else be?I saw a great display of this last weekend after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Baltimore Ravens.  Charlie Batch was playing quarterback for the Steelers.  He is their third string quarterback and since the first and second string quarterbacks were hurt, the Steelers called on Batch, a 38 year old veteran to lead the team.  Batch doesn’t get to play much anymore.  And he realizes he won’t be playing in the NFL for much longer.  So he put his heart and soul into this game.  At one point, late in the game, with the Steelers trailing but driving toward a game winning field goal, the television cameras caught Charlie Batch emotionally encouraging his team in the huddle.  You could see how important this game was to him and how motivating he was to his offensive unit.  At the end of the game, after an exciting win, the television showed Batch sobbing in the arms of a teammate.  He had clearly invested every ounce of emotion into this game for the good of his team.  He knew his teammates were counting on him and he was determined not to let them down.  At the end of a thrilling victory, his passion and emotion flowed out of him.  It was clear that this experienced leader was the most passionate person on the field that day.

That is great leadership.  Are you the most passionate person in your organization?  Do you care more about your team and your organization than anyone else?  If you can answer yes to these, you have the makings of a great leader!



2 thoughts on “Leadership requires passion and emotion

  1. I love this story. It’s an excellent example of what good leadership should be. The story also tells us that a good leader is someone who can not only give assignments or speeches but also feel comfortable to show emotions (e.g. to sob) in front of his/her teammates. How many managers have we seen feel comfortable to admit their weaknesses and mistakes in front of their staff?

  2. Excellent comment Muriel. Unfortunately, I think many managers consider emotion and caring a weakness. They are perhaps too insecure to allow their emotions to be seen. But I believe that our teams want to know that we care about them. And when they know we care about them, they are more likely to be loyal to us and committed to helping our organizations succeed.

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