Leadership: An act of love
“Our love is generative when it empowers us and others: when it helps us, individually and collectively, to complete ourselves and grow. Our love is degenerative sentimental and anemic, or worse when it overlooks or denies or suffocates power.” Adam Kahane, from the book Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change.
The purpose of Leadership is to unleash the potential inherent in each person, so they are freed and empowered to embody the highest version of themselves. One way this can be achieved is through the magical process of active listening, and by asking effective questions that empower ourselves and others. Through this approach, a person’s thoughts, emotions, and feelings are materialized in the physical world through their subsequent actions and results. Therefore, as leaders we nurture and care for those we lead; we are purpose maximizers!
From my perspective, leadership is an act of love. Yes, you read that right. LOVE!
When I refer to love, I have the definition of the writer Jorge Bucay in mind: “The decision of actively working for the freedom of others so they may choose what to do with their lives.” Acting in this way ensures that we will consistently confront the thoughts, habits, and actions of ourselves and those we lead, which frequently causes high levels of discomfort.
This begs the question, why would anyone take an approach that produces high-levels of stress, risk, and responsibility, and may even reduce the personal recognition they receive?
We take this approach because it is worthwhile. It generates a positive impact on society, it is our responsibility, we enjoy it, and we are designed for it. It is in our nature to serve something greater than ourselves. Exceptional leadership requires the unselfish act of doing whatever it takes to help others reach the best version of themselves. Take a moment to imagine how different our results, our business, our country, and our world will be if we all decide to use our energy and intelligence as a faithful servant of love?
May your 2019 be filled with opportunities, challenges, and growth, and may your leadership skills be expanded so they bring out the full potential in yourself and those you love. We at GTC, wish you a very Happy New Year!
Juan Carlos Rodríguez
CEO, GTC Consulting Mexico