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Leadership In The Name Of Love

Written by: Santarvis Brown, Senior Level Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

Leadership is all about getting people to come together, communicate, and work in harmony towards common goals. It is a process of connecting with people, inspiring them, and motivating them to take ownership of their work. While there are many elements to effective leadership, one key component is the ability to love and genuinely care for the people you are leading.

Set Your Boundaries

Love, as a form of leadership, is not to be confused with being friends with those you are leading. The love and care involved in effective leadership is a professional kind that transcends the boundaries of friendship. Instead, it is a real, heartfelt investment in the well-being of those you lead and an authentic enthusiasm for their success. When you truly love those you are leading, you are able to motivate them to succeed, push them to do their best, and show them kindness in times of struggle. It enables a leader to act as a mentor, coach, and supporter to their team, working together to reach their desired goal.


Invest in Your Success


As a leader, having the capacity to love and care for the people you manage is essential to the success of the business and the development of the people who work in it. If a leader is truly invested in the success and growth of their people, it sets an example for others to be inspired by – demonstrating a genuine care for each individual. Furthermore, loving leadership also involves effective communication, both in what is said and how it is said. As a leader, it is important to be open and understanding about any issues that may arise and to take an active role in resolving the situation. It is also essential to be both a good listener and a decisive leader and to respond to the needs of your team with compassion.


The people you lead will respond to the way they are treated by you. If they feel cared for and appreciated, they will be more inspired and have a greater desire to perform. A leader who works with love and care can bring out the best in their team, as it creates an environment of trust, respect, and support.


Accept that Everyone is Flawed


Each and every single person has their flaws. Yes, even you. Leading with love those who are openly flawed requires patience and compassion like no other. Show your mentees and subordinates your sincerity before you ever begin to make demands of them. Be patient and offer unconditional support. Don’t be judgmental. It is not your responsibility, authority, or moral servitude to do so. Be willing to forgive mistakes by understanding someone’s flaws, empathizing with them and working to build solutions that work for both of you, and, most importantly, the company. Focus on building strong, trusting relationships, so that mutual respect is felt, earned, and given.


In conclusion, effective leadership involves loving your people and genuinely caring for the team you are leading. When a leader is able to approach the job with compassion and patience, it sends a strong message to their team that they feel valued and respected. Ultimately, this creates a culture of success and helps to move the business forward.


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Santarvis Brown, Senior Level Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Dr. Santarvis Brown has spent 15+ years serving as a leader, innovator, and changemaker in education, showcasing in-depth insight as an administrator, educator, and program director. A noted speaker, researcher, and full professor, he has lent his speaking talent to many community and educational forums, serving as a keynote speaker. He has also penned several publications tackling issues in civic service, faith, leadership, and education.

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