What’s Love Got to Do with It?

dreamstime_xs_27050853 (2)“What’s love got to do with it?”  Tina Turner wasn’t the first to ask that question, and she won’t be the last.  For a leader, the answer is simple.  Everything!

If you are a leader, love is critical.  And I don’t mean the kind of “love” that is all about me.  You know the type.  “I want you to love me, because I like what I get.”  What I am taking about is the type of love that says, “I will show care, looking out for the interests of others because I simply decide to.”  I

t doesn’t mean I don’t love myself–if you don’t like you, you won’t like others.  It does mean I am interested in the lives and success of all the people who make our organization or business a success and in the lives of the people we serve.

Being a leader is not always easy.  Loving others is the same.  It may not be easy, but it is critical.  You need it.  Your team needs it.  The world needs it.  Lead with love and you will never lead with power or fear ever again.

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. —Gandhi