Passion is not equal to power. And the opposite is true as well. Power is not equal to passion. Just because you have passion does not mean you are in control. Passion doesn’t give you the right to claim greater authority in a situation or in a community. This is especially relevant in open source communities where there is no strong leadership structure. Those volunteers with the most passion (and time) are often naturally perceived as the de facto leaders of the project. This could not be farther from the truth. Passion and power are not related.

The next time you’re in a volunteer community where there is no specific leader don’t give the power to the passionate people. It may be tempting but don’t give in to this impulse.