Is striving for success a leader's best strategy?

It has been said that there are three fundamental needs common to humankind; something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Something to do provides structure. Something to love creates meaning. Something to hope for infuses optimism.

Marshall Foch once said, "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire." Maybe instead of striving for success, what we really need is to pursue something that stirs our hearts. To be a leader is to be an influencer and a motivator. If I cannot model passion, love, and hope to my followers, then all my efforts at being successful are the equivalent of trying to cut with a spoon.

What if we have become so mesmerized with our knowledge, goals, and leadership strategies that we have neglected the most fundamental needs that feed true success? What if, today, every leader would take 10 minutes to think about the purpose of their work, the people they love, and the dreams in their heart? Maybe just maybe, it would set the world on fire?

Ritch