The Message of Love Leadership


What is Love Leadership?

  Love Leadership is a style of leadership employed by those who love the art of leadership.

  The Love Leader, as an artist, works in the medium of the gifts of his team members, using the principles of covenant relationship as his tools. His masterpiece is an organization that accomplishes God’s purposes in both the team members and the organization.

  Love Leadership is about influencing others to operate in the gifts and walk in the paths that God has ordained for His people. That is why we should all love leadership and why we should endeavor to walk in love as a leader.

  Love Leadership recognizes that "leader" and "follower" roles are not fixed. One person may lead another in one situation and then, at a different time or on a different task, the "leader" and "follower" roles may be reversed.

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and Angels, and have not love, I am as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I had the gift of prophecy, and knew all secrets and all knowledge, yea, if I had all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and had not love, I were nothing.

-1 Corinthians 13:1-2 GNV

Why are you writing and teaching about Love Leadership?

  Since my first exposure to leadership as a business discipline, I have been intrigued by the distinction between leadership and management. There are two illustrations of this distinction that have special meaning for me. The first is from Stephen Covey who paints a picture of an expedition moving through a thick jungle. Hacking the path through the undergrowth is hard work, but there are key people that make sure the machetes are sharp and the workers observe shifts that keep any one group from getting too tired. Then one climbs the tallest tree in sight and observes that they are hacking through the wrong jungle to reach their objective. The key individuals are managers, but the one who climbed the tree is the leader. The leader is distinguished by taking the time to create a vision. The second illustration simply states that you manage things, but you lead people. The manager deals with monetary figures, processes, and reports. The leader deals with people. As useful as these illustrations are in pointing out easily neglected areas of leadership, we must observe that managers typically have a position of authority and influence the behavior of those under their authority. The truth is that these are not mutually exclusive roles in an organization.


   Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. —Warren Bennis.

   He who has great power should use it lightly. —Seneca


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