Monthly Theme: Passion
“Passionate leaders attract and inspire followers through a blend of energy, confidence and charisma”,(Intentional Leader, p.73), however if no main ethical principle is part of this passion, then this can be a dangerous influence. As one can see by the short video clip of Lance Armstrong admitting using banned substances during his professional cycling career, Lance sought personal gain above his teammates and the cycling world.
But in my same thought process, I also think of another professional athlete who sought to use his Passion without compromise and for the greater good. That athlete is Rick Hansen, who over 25 years ago, started his Man in Motion tour to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and support the search for a cure.
For Rick, another person came into his life, Stan Strong, who was a linchpin to encourage Rick to make a difference. See how Rick explains Stan’s passion below.