Leading with Love: Love Actually Works
Key Bible Verses: My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. – 1 John 3:18-19, The message
Dig Deeper: 2 Peter 1:5-8
If agape love builds healthy relationships in all walks of life, why shouldn’t we always use it to build our organizations as well?
Why isn’t there more dialogue about how to create and maintain healthy relationships at work? After all, common sense tells us that people will perform better if they are treated with respect and trust.
I have served in large and small organizations, public and private, and also on boards of several nonprofit and for-profit organizations. After more than 30 years of witnessing all forms of organizational structures, I am still surprised at how willingly we discuss strategy and how to increase profit but how loath we are to discuss how to build and maintain a successful corporate culture by consistently treating all employees in a way that attracts and keeps the best talent in all levels of the organization.
Agape love is a leadership principle that holds leaders accountable and helps any organization become healthier and more enthusiastic. That is why I submit that we should never leave love at the door when we come to work.
On the contrary, love works. Think about love the verb, not love the emotion. Think commitment and will, not feelings, and you will start to see how love works.
—Joel Manby in Love Works
My Response: What lessons have I learned this week that I can apply to my own life?
Thought to Apply: When love is felt, the message is heard.—Jim Vaus (converted former gangster)
Adapted from Love Works (Zondervan, 2012)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, in the situations where I am a leader, help me to submit my pride and ambition to you and lead with love for those who follow.