The Secret to Maximising Your Leadership Influence Part 2

Following on from last week where we looked at how a culture of fear will undermine your leadership influence let’s look at something which does the opposite. In leadership, there exists a transformative approach—one that transcends conventional strategies and embraces the power of love. It’s a radical departure from fear-driven decision-making and environments, opting instead to acknowledge and amplify the inherent value within each individual.

“Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.” John C. Maxwell

Leading with love means recognising the intrinsic worth of people. It’s an acknowledgment that, while doubts and temptations to succumb to fear may arise, the enduring truth is that love prevails. Choosing love means resisting the allure of shortcuts and committing to the creation of an environment that, over time, yields fruits for the future.

Drawing from personal experience in leading a team within a cause-based charity, I firmly believe that leading with love is not just beneficial but crucial. In environments where individuals are motivated by a shared passion for a cause, love and care should permeate the very air they breathe. It becomes the catalyst for growth and development, fostering an atmosphere where each person can thrive.

Crucially, the onus lies on the leader to embody the principles they wish to instil within their team or organization. Love-based leadership demands objective introspection, a commitment to personal growth, and a willingness to model the values that define the desired culture.

Leaders who adopt a love-driven perspective consistently ask a pivotal question: How can I add value to people’s lives? This goes beyond mere managerial tasks; it involves actively nurturing the strengths of team members, fostering an environment where the collective becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

The context of cause-based charities accentuates the significance of love-based leadership. Team members, driven by a shared belief in the organization’s purpose, thrive in an atmosphere of genuine care and support. It’s a space where the leader becomes a mentor, guiding others to excellence in their strengths.

5 Things True of Love-led Leadership

  1. It builds Trust and Loyalty:
    • Love-based leaders prioritize trust and connection. By fostering open communication, actively listening, and showing empathy, they build a foundation of trust and loyalty that withstands the challenges found in any team.
  1. Fosters a Positive Work Environment:
    • Love-based leaders create a positive work environment where team members feel valued and supported. This means giving credit when it is due and watching for things you can celebrate. It also means holding the team to agreed high standards. This contributes to higher morale, increased creativity, and a more collaborative atmosphere.
  1. Encourages Growth and Development:
    • You will be invested in the growth and development of your team members. Providing relevant opportunities for learning and advancement, helping individuals reach their full potential.
  1. Boosts Employee Well-being:
    • A love-driven leadership style prioritizes the well-being of employees. Leaders actively support work which has some elements team members love doing this helps them maintain their energy, mental health, and overall job satisfaction, contributing to a healthier and more engaged workforce.
  1. Enhances Organizational Performance:
    • Contrary to fear-based leadership, a love-driven approach enhances organizational performance. Engaged, motivated employees are more likely to go above and beyond, leading to increased productivity and long-term success. When you lead from love your focus is on the highest good of those you lead making safety paramount so people can bring their whole selves fearlessly.

In essence, leading with love is a paradigm shift—one that transcends the traditional boundaries of leadership. It’s about creating a legacy that extends beyond immediate gains, focusing on long-term investments in people and their development.

This is as John Maxwell has said the high road of leadership. It requires more of you as a leader but the investment is worth it.

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Mark Billage

Mark Billage

Mark’s passion is to help realise individuals’ potential, be they leaders or team members, through empowering organisational culture. He has spent 7 years leading an organisation based in the non profit sector. In that time, he focused on creating a culture that enabled and empowered individuals, with the aim of seeing a high performing team better able to achieve the organisation’s mission.

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