Corresponding Author

Comfort Okpala


This ability to care, or to lead with passion, has increasingly been identified as a quality of today’s leaders and has been cited as an essential condition precedent for successful organizations (Duckworth, 2018; Love, 2012; Collins, 2001). Understanding the role of passion in in building strong relationships has practical benefits for both leaders and followers. The focus of this paper was to identify key elements of passion that contribute to effective leadership and to explain why leading with passion is so important in today’s highly competitive business climate. The authors provided eight elements or qualities that are critical to leading with passion, five guiding principles to assist today’s leaders and managers for becoming caring and compassionate leaders, and concluded with a challenge to those who wish to lead effectively to honor the duties that leadership demands.