“If you are only interested in only power as a leader, you’ve misunderstood your purpose.” – N. Anderson

 

Love-Led Leadership Awareness

You have likely crossed paths with someone in a leadership position who believed they were in power, and you were simply someone to power over. In other words, power without love becomes a wielder of power rather than a genuine leader.

Love-led leaders know that part of leading with love is to foster growth, inspire change, and contribute to each employee’s well-being.  They don’t rely on coercion or force.

Love-led leaders are keenly aware that the essence of leadership lies in the selfless pursuit of making a positive impact, rather than in the pursuit of power itself. It calls for a reflection on the motives behind one’s desire to lead and encourages a reevaluation of what true love-led leadership entails.

 

Ego and Power

When leaders focus solely on gaining and holding power, it becomes fear-based leadership which results in higher attrition, compromised bottom line, and less collaboration and innovation.

Dr. Martin Luther King sums it up well, “Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.”  I have seen power turning into verbal abuse with employees. I have also seen power that held no one accountable and ran from conflict. Neither of these build a meaningful culture.

 

As a love-led leader, being clear on your purpose can result in power to grow others versus control of others.

 

Love,

Nicki

 

 

 

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