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The Allure of Comfort

Chalkboard drawing of person escaping a cage that is title comfort.

A pivotal question that leaders often have to face is: Are you willing to sacrifice passion for comfort? This dives deep into the heart of leadership and forces leaders to examine the balance or draw of following our passions or embracing the allure of comfort.

Comfort is a promise of stability, predictability but also a false sense of security. It definitely appeals to leaders innate desire for safety and minimizes fear and uncertainty. So it’s not surprising that leaders get comfortable with status quo. Balancing the allure of comfort and passion though is important. When comfort becomes the primary driver, that’s when it actually does the reverse – it stifles innovation, growth and success. This is when leadership becomes stagnant and unable to respond quickly to evolving needs and challenges.

Passion, on the other hand, is the true spark that ignites the beginning of transformation. Passion fuels an unwavering and determined commitment to achieve a vision. Leaders who prioritize passion over comfort, often find themselves pushing boundaries, discovering new solutions, growing their own skills and inspiring their teams to want to achieve more. Passion-driven leadership means you are open and willing to embrace change. Comfort-driven leadership means you are closed off and fearful of change.

While both have their merits, the most successful leaders will find the dynamic they play together and the proper blend of the two. A leader who abandons their passion for the allure of comfort risks mediocrity and missed opportunities. And a leader who is fully consumed by passion only, may have limited stability and finding themselves on a more turbulent journey.

As you continue to navigate your leadership journey (whether a leader today or you wish to be an emerging leader), incorporating these two dimensions can lead to an innovative and sustainable leadership style.


A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. Do you feel you are a comfort-driven leader or passion-driven leader and why?

  2. What are you so passionate about that could positively impact your team or work?

  3. Identify a time when comfort may have created a lost opportunity. How could you have managed this situation better?


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