We have found in our research using the 8 Factors of Engagement that Purpose is the most important factor in determining overall engagement, so long as Trust is present. When looking at the personal version of Leading from the Helm, Purpose clearly is positioned as the true north, and that concepts of Value, Passion, and Opportunity help to round out the model.
Recently, an article in Inc. reinforced a HRB article that made the case for following your Purpose NOT your Passion. I would like to suggest it isn’t an either or, it is a both. Purpose needs the polarity of Passion to exist, it needs it to have balance. The energy created by doing something you love or have a passion for helps us to identify through the opportunities in life those things that give us purpose and meaning. The article is correct, you want to get clear about your purpose, and you want to make sure that your Purpose aligns to whatever the mission and vision is of any organization you are a part of. This will ensure that when you wake up every morning it is with a clear purpose, and because of this you have more resiliency, and be more engage.
Just remember, Passion fuels and helps you find your Purpose.