Thursday, February 14, 2013

Is “Love” an Ingredient in Leadership

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Another Valentine’s Day to ponder love, and George Ferris Jr., whose 154th birthday is celebrated with a Valentine's Day-themed Google Doodle today,  was an American engineer. He is mostly known for creating the original Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition. The wheel is a symbol of progress, and progress is usually made through strong leadership, so does that mean love can push the human world forward and is love also an ingredient in leadership?

1. What is Love? What is Leadership anyway? 

What is love? Love is a state in which one can put oneself, it is not action; there are 100% freedom and acceptance towards existence in the state of love. Love is the state of being superconscious, and this state is needed in everything. Whether it is leadership or pursuit of happiness. Here are three essentials of love.

While both the terms "Leadership" and "Love" appear to have a large variety of meanings, there is more differences and diversity in understanding the meaning of leadership.
-Is leadership a process or a trait? 
-Is leadership neutral to good or evil? 
-Is mass leadership different from corporate leadership? 
-Do money, power, influence, etc. have any role in leadership?

And to the academic/engineering mind, leadership is a process. 
-   To those who reflect on it, it is a process. 
-   To those who strategize it, it is a process 
-    And to those who are just learning it, it is a process 

But to others, it is the lifetime of experiences and responses to circumstances, decisions, and events that cannot be construed as a formal process. When you are dropped onto the battlefield, the process tends to go out the window and you have to think on your feet.

Is Love an ingredient of leadership? Leadership is about believing in a better world, having a VISION and sharing it with your team to make your dreams come true. That requires faith and love. Faith without love is fanaticism, love makes leadership influence deeper and broader. 

2. True Love and Authentic Leadership come from the HEART 

According to Seven principles of Hermes Trismegistus: "Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to law; chance is but a name for law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the law." 

Was the universe created from love or noise? Certainly, it’s based on the laws. The ancient Greeks had, at least, four words for love: Agape (affection), eros (friendship), philía (romance), and storge (unconditional love). Both true love authentic leadership comes from the heart:
-   H is the heart of feelings, the confidence, purpose, drive
-   E is ego and empathy 
-   A is your attitude toward you, your prospects and profession 
-   R is for physical, mental, and spiritual reserve 
-   T is for toughness – and the toughest thing is love

What do leaders love? The vision?  The promise?  the belief, people or the ideology? For sure Leaders are driven by passion and love for something? True leadership's basis is freedom and liberty.

The ultimate magnetic and articulate leader is with an air of absolute confidence, drive. with a sense of purpose, peace, trust, empathy, and respect. Respect and Humility are core to respecting oneself, not meaning narcissism but a deeper understanding of oneself and how you, in turn, interact with the world, not just subordinates and peers. Know thyself intimately. Then love others with the same understanding.  

3. What is Leadership in You 

How 'leadership' is being defined. In a very broad sense, if we're referring to leaders as those who have followers, then the connection is based on why the followers are drawn to that leader in the first place... is the following based on love, or fear, or greed, for example?
  •     Great Leadership Role Models: If we are interested in leaders defined as those whom most would call honorable, respectable, humble, empathic, ethical, deeply and genuinely loved and admired, such as Lincoln,  Gandhi, Jesus, MLK, Mother Teresa,  or Churchill and so forth, for that kind of leader, there is a strong connection to his or her leadership with love. They bring liberty, freedom, peace or humility.

  • What is Leadership in You: When talking about leadership, we have a lurking question at the back of our mind: "Could I also have or imbibe some of the qualities which make me a leader?”.  In a way: there is a need for connections with followers, need to influence, need to fulfill a vision, need to push for progress, and how shall we prepare ourselves for it by trying to be or become leaders.
   True Meaning of Being Leader: Becoming one doesn't mean "having the same views as everyone else". Neither does it mean "not creating noise.". "Becoming One," means peoples differences, whilst coming to the realization that we are all in fact sparks of the same flame.
Love is one of the key ingredients in leadership, only love-based leadership (being loved, and love others) through trust, empathy; respect, like Ferris wheel, is progressive and delightful, can harmonize the world and unify mankind. Leadership is forward-looking, to make progress. And progress is the realization of the “impossible.” Making dreams come true is both artistic and articulated definition of progress.

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