Recently I was at a wedding where the traditional verses from I Corinthians were read.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
Although written hundreds of years ago, those words still still ring true today, and gives pause to ponder about relationships, management, and leadership. Humility, patience, kindness, generosity, empathy and trust are attributes we admire in our leaders but are sorely missing in many workplaces.
“Leading with love” is not about feelings or emotions; it’s about behaviors and their consequences, recognizing that character – our character - matters. It’s about putting others before our own needs embracing servant leadership. Rarely does great leadership exist without love.
So my friends, on this coming Valentine’s Day, consider the relationship you have with those you serve…embrace the day…embrace the spirit of the day…be good to yourself and to those you serve…