Real leadership affects real people, not just the bottom line. A leader is a steward for future generations, so difficult decisions should be made with integrity and care. A true leader needs to establish a forward-thinking environment, and not compromise or give up on something worth fighting for. Workplaces seem to be lacking in respect, cooperation, joy and love. The majority of America’s workforce lacks trust in their leaders and/or bosses.
Executive training needs to focus on leading with love. A concerted effort needs to be generated among the workforce to learn how to treat each other. This love for the job and for each other can only transfer to positive experiences for the company’s customers.
Seven principles for leaders are introduced in a new book by Joel Manby, CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment (Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO). Be patient, kind, trusting, unselfish, truthful, forgiving and dedicated—simple yet powerful aspects of leadership.
Another book by Ms. Carlson Nelson titled “How We Lead Matters” uses a lot of real life stories to help the reader understand the power a leader actually has. Gandhi transformed the world with his compassion as a leader, yet at the time of his position he only possessed a cloth garment, a walking stick, a broken pair of glasses, a pair of sandals and a pocket watch. Gandhi had a remarkable ability to disarm those who had animosity towards others, and he did it with love.
We have all known leaders who are self-serving, and hopefully we know leaders who are servant leaders. Those who serve, and love those they serve, are the lasting leaders. Love definitely works!