We want to take you on a brave faith and work leadership journey. One that requires an open mind and strong courage. A journey that will almost certainly yield incredible fruit in your work. Are you game?
Last Friday at our 12th annual WorkMatters Leadercast, WorkMatters unveiled a fresh perspective on faith and work to 1,900 leaders. We relaunched our 7 Pillars of Faith and Work with a powerful new eBook. More importantly, we added a new concept to the 7 Pillars that has the potential to radically change the workplace. To radically change you!
The concept? LOVE!
The Bible can feel overwhelming at times. So much wisdom. So many directives. But Jesus gave us two simple, straightforward commands that stand tall over all of the others. We know them as the “Great Commandment” in Matthew 22:37-38. ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’
Said simply, “Love God and love others.” This potent command is applicable wherever you are … at home, in the community, and yes, even at work!
But we must recognize that “love at work” has a unique context. Love at work is not an emotion or a feeling like we might have for a family member. Instead, think of it as a verb, an action, a behavior.
These questions should provide some perspective on leading with love at work:
- Do you … praise employees in public and counsel them in private?
- Do you … forgive someone who has wronged you?
- Do you … give generously of your time?
- Do you … send handwritten thank you notes?
- Are you … truthful with coworkers and do you communicate that truth in love?
- How do … people feel after interacting with you?
Love is now the first and most substantial of the 7 Pillars of Faith and Work. It is foundational to the other pillars. It informs and motivates them. Consider these verses from 1 Corinthians 13:2-3: “… if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” And “If I give all I possess to the poor … but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
Leading with love will have a powerful impact on your influence. Leading with love will have a powerful impact on your results! The question is: can you really be a brave leader and NOT lead with love?