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Feb 5, 2018

Love and leadership go hand in hand. Yes… like they hold hands. LOL!

Love is in the air. It’s Valentine’s month! And this is my first podcast of February so let’s talk about love and leadership, or maybe love in leadership.

You have to truly love and respect others to really lead them. When you love someone you take the time to understand who they are, where they are coming from. Caring about someone and being authentic, knowing who they are personally, what makes them tick and helping them to see their own success is love in the business world.

Love itself as a word has multiple meanings. And, for me it’s is a verb, an action, showing genuine interest and caring for someone. It’s putting their needs first.

One of the keys to a successful marriage, family life, parenting is love. Love is a foundation in our personal lives. Really most any successful relationship is built on a strong foundation of love. But – for some reason, love is frowned upon by many business people. In business, we shy from using the word love, though we may still display what love is.

I really believe love is one of the first things we should allow leaders to show and harness in a work environment.

After all… time, emotion and positive energy into building relationship with your team, will help to push them so they can thrive. It shows your commitment and your passion to the business, to the team and to them as an individual and it will shine through your team's performance.

But, to say we care for or love a colleague, not in a mushy way, but that you care as much about them succeeding in their position or their life as they do.

There was a Gallup study that was published some years ago on employees feeling cared for in their workplace.

Gallup's findings were:

  • 37% lower absenteeism
  • 48% fewer safety incidents
  • 41% fewer quality defects
  • 28% less inventory shrinkage
  • 10% higher customer satisfaction and a better customer experience
  • Up to 22% higher profitability

Given that kind of results – passion at work, energy, goals setting and yes, LOVE your staff and colleagues, and it impacts your bottom line. 

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