Passion and gravitas

In principle, it should be possible to sustain gravitas while still conveying passion.

I'm here at Wilton Park discussing the scaling up agenda with some world class minds. I find passion easier than gravitas. 

3 comments on “Passion and gravitas”

  1. I’m not sure whether gravitas is necessary or beneficial.  The line between gravitas and pomposity is somewhat blurred!   A degree of authority (which I suppose is different) comes with knowledge, experience, mastery of one’s subject, management role and seniority, etc., but can’t really be cultivated. 


  2. I’d go for passion ahead of gravitas every time.  There’s not enough passion in the world, but there’s way too much pomposity – and I’m with Briain on the blurring of the line between gravitas and pomposity.


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Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and