“We’re short of leaders and trees.” Paul Polman
The biggest takeaway for me was Paul’s distinction between passion and purpose, and how understanding the difference is a critical element of leadership.
Passion is doing something you care about and enjoy – pursuing your dreams. [Nothing wrong with that].
Purpose, however, is about putting yourself in service of others.
This separation of passion and purpose makes huge sense to me. There has been a lot said over the last few years about ‘finding your passion’, and how that leads to ‘success’. While that works for some people, for others, it falls short …
We face some big challenges in the coming years. Addressing them will take courage, trust, collaboration – and clear purpose.
As Paul said: “To be a leader, first you need to be a great human being.”
And that’s something we can all work on.