Sustainable passion, a key to success at work

You are performing in increasingly competitive markets. Markets that see new kinds of providers, of competitors sprouting up, new ways of doing business. You are called to constantly reinvent yourself. Where are you going to find the resources for this constant self-reinvention? The resilience, the creativity, the undeterred self-confidence? I research the connection between passionate hobbies and leadership. I spoke with hundreds of leaders, from entrepreneurs to middle managers to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. I can now confidently say: there is so much more than just recovery that a passionate hobby can do for your performance - as a leader, as an entrepreneur, as a high value expert. In this talk I will share my newest research findings on how passionate nonwork interests interact with success at work. I will also suggest practical ways to find or grow a nonwork passion and how to get the most out of it.

Emilia Bunea, Ph.D.

Dr. Emilia Bunea holds a PhD in Management from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research on leadership has been published in Human Resource Management Review, Frontiers of Psychology, Harvard Business Review online and Academy of Management Proceedings, and covered by Wall Street Journal, Forbes, GQ and others. Dr. Bunea spent 15 years as an executive with several multinational companies, most recently as CEO of a financial services organization with 2 million customers, and currently serves on the board of directors of an asset management company. She has lectured on leadership worldwide, at both business schools and corporates, and has produced an award-winning film tracing a senior executive’s leadership journey. Dr. Bunea gave a widely viewed TED talk on leadership at London Business School, and is the author of the Psychology Today blog “To Manage is Human”.