Do you love the people you lead? Do you have a deep affection for them? Do you care deeply for them? If you love them, it will show up in your leadership. Your team needs a leader that loves them. Whether your “team” is a department or your family, are you leading with love?Whether your 'team' is a department or your family, are you leading with love? Click To Tweet
It isn’t just the work they do for you or for your organization that you love. You don’t love them just when they do everything right or get the results you want. You should have an authentic love for them.
Three reasons loving your team matters:
- Love protects the unity of your team.
Unity is a powerful force for a team. Unity harnesses the focus, energy, and outcome of a team. A unified team will work together to solve problems and advance opportunities. A team unified around mission will show up for work all in – heart, mind, and spirit. And the best way to guard and protect the unity of your team is to love them.
“Above all, put on love – the perfect bond of unity.” Colossians 3:14
- Love opens the heart of your people to hear.
When your people know you love them, they are open to hearing what you have to say. Their hearts are receptive. They trust you because they know you care. Even when you have hard news to tell them, they know you speak truth in love.
“If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1
- Love is stronger than mistakes.
You and your team will make mistakes. There will be tension, anger, conflict, frustration, disappointment, and discouragement on your team. Goals won’t always be met. There will be times when you won’t make your customers happy. When your team knows you love them, they can see their way through the challenges. They won’t give up hope and will keep pushing through.
“Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Praying for your team is one of the best ways to increase your love for them. Pray for their marriages, their children, their families. Pray for God to bless their work and give them favor in the market they serve. When you pray, God opens your heart to see and love more deeply.
How have you been impacted by a leader who loved (or didn’t love) their team?How have you been impacted by a leader who loved (or didn't love) their team? Click To Tweet