Years ago, Sam Roberts who is a member of the LifeChurch.tv Directional Leadership Team, delivered a talk regarding Love and Leadership. It was one of those; light-switch turning-on “Vuja De” moments for me and as he confirmed aspects my leadership style.
Sam spoke from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 and always perseveres. Love never fails.
Here are some thoughts on how “Love” plays out as a leader, a spouse and a parent:
- Patience– Who do we need to be patient w/…. Be Patient!
- Kind– Don’t be too quick to judge… When you have both the authority and respect; then you can effectively lead!
- Envy– If you envy others around you, you lead out of insecurity… This is the death spiral of leadership!
- Boast– “When you think more of yourself, others will think less of you.”
- Self-seeking– “If you don’t respect and honor others… you won’t receive it.”
- Easily angered– “If you want to erode equity within your team… loose your temper”
- Record of wrongs &Truth- Forgive….Be honest, lead honest… you don’t have to know everything or have all the answers, just have integrity & be honest.
- Trust– Trust and look for the best in those who God has placed in your care.
- Perseveres– Love always perseveres.
Love never fails- Never is a very strong word!
“We can’t always control how we feel about someone, but we can always control how we treat them.”
Are you showing your team or your family enough Love? Have you worked for supervisors who lead out of insecurity and not Love? Had you ever considered this passage from a leadership perspective? Share your thoughts!
Scott Williams is a speaker, strategist, consultant and developer of leaders. He is an avid blogger at BigIsTheNewSmall.com and leverages Social Media to make a Kingdom impact. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth, and diversity. He is the author of “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day of the Week.” Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.