Each week CNBC's "Raising the Bar" series will provide insight into the minds of business leaders as they talk candidly in some of Manhattan's most interesting watering holes about everything from making mistakes to making it big.
Conventional wisdom suggests there are certain personality traits that make a great leader. But executives at two consumer-facing brands say it may come down to one thing: Passion.
Eric Ryan, co-founder of Method cleaning products, never found passion in cleaning. It was instead a love of design that drove him to transform the industry, which has a reputation for dowdy packaging. Leslie Blodgett, on the other hand, has long been obsessed with makeup. So it was fitting to find her at the helm of billion-dollar cosmetics company bareMinerals.
Though their stories were different, the two realized it's not so much where passion stems from, as long as it exists.
"We approached it from such different places," Ryan told Blodgett at the Electric Room bar at Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan. "Where you came in through passion and I came in by applying passion to a place that I was very unpassionate about."