Leading with Love in the Workplace

What does courageous leadership look like for you?

Last Friday, at our 3rd Annual Workmatters FORUM, we went deep on this specific topic. Twelve incredible speakers from across the U.S. and around the world helped hundreds of leaders in the room become better equipped with knowledge, skills and vision for leading with courage in their workplaces.

As we look back on the event, it is clear that there is a common theme underlying any courageous action. Whether it is taking a risk to stand up for what is right, dealing with a tough people-issue or navigating uncertainty in your work, there is a common place for us all to begin.

Love.

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 short, but potent command is applicable wherever you are … at home, in the community, and even at work!

But we must also recognize that “love at work” is probably more expansive than what we  think. Love at work is not an emotion or a feeling — it is a verb, an action, a deliberate choice and behavior.

Here are some questions to consider today as you evaluate opportunities to lead 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 the beginning of courageous leadership. It is foundational to any other aspect of living your faith at work. Serving, Integrity, Influence, Calling … they all start with Love. 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 courageous leader and NOT lead with love?

Think through your day today — the assignments you have, the people you’ll interact with. Consider your day and interactions through the lens of some of those questions above and let’s commit to lead with love today.

Make your work matter,

The Workmatters Team

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