A leader’s love. Sounds a bit mushy, easygoing, vulnerable or weak, doesn’t it? Yet it’s actually a sign of strength and integrity. A leader’s love is a secret power they possess that makes teams and companies great. Leaders who put love on the sidelines don’t fully understand it’s magic and unfortunately miss getting the best from others.
Leaders who are able to lead with a foundational level of love create great momentum within the company. Think about a time when there was positive power and growth in your business. What was the environment like? There was probably a feeling of strength, comradery and energy.
This environment creates a culture that’s almost difficult to describe, but I’ll do my best.
People want to serve others who they know care about them. The energy and passion to serve the company goes beyond 8 to 5, and performance excels because teammates want and desire to do better.
Selfless leaders create an environment of servanthood. It’s difficult to be selfless when we are thinking of what is best for me first. When we allow love to be present in our leadership, then it’s natural to provide for others first before self.
Ahhhh, the feel of a healthy organization, inside and out. Our next webinar is on setting ourselves up for a healthy 2018. I hope you can attend!
Love creates safety. A safe environment creates an open atmosphere for communication. People speak up and are not fearful to admit mistakes or relay bad news.
Love is powerful because it creates drive in others. Don’t believe me? Find a company not doing well and I’ll show you a lack of love amongst the team and leaders.
Influence is very, very powerful. A leader’s influence with others is a blessing not to be taken for granted. It’s a gift another gives us. We cannot demand it; we can just receive if we’ve earned it. Teammates will only consider us influential in their lives when they believe we love them enough to carefully guide their growth.
1 Corinthians 13:4.7-8 says it best: Love is patient, love is kind. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
So let’s take a look at how we’re living this out at the office.
- Are we patient with others?
- Are we kind?
- Do we protect one another and hold each other up?
- Do we trust?
- Do we have hope? Do we give others hope?
- Do we persevere, or do we give up?
Love Never Fails.