Make the Right Choice

Leading with love is an intentional decision.
Leading with love is an intentional decision. (Getty Images/iStock/Getty Images Plus/sam74100)
Leader love is a choice.
The love of a team is created from a heart of intention. It is not a passing fancy nor a feeling accented by a swift shiver.
Effective leaders love their teams from the amoeba cell of servanthood. People who love make a daily choice to sacrifice personal needs for the good of working with others. Leaders plan and expect to die daily. Personal wants and needs are gladly delayed or forgotten for the good of others.
How can we lead without love? If God is love and I have not love, how can I lead? The not-so-obvious answer is that I cannot lead. I may be able to manage in the short term but without love, leadership becomes fake news. We kid ourselves into thinking that people listen to us and follow our direction.
A loveless leader lacks the empathy to understand the needs of others.
How does a leader choose to love?
1- It starts with a good ear. A good ear is inclusive--everyone matters. Loving leaders don't fake listen. They have a strong desire to understand opposing points of view. Counterpoint is always welcomed. Buy-in is better than shove-down.
2- Effective leaders keep good notes of promises made. Follow-up on small things and please do sweat the small stuff.
3- Love language in the office is as important as love language in the home. Choose to let go of thoughts that tear down. The workplace is filled with people who spew negativity. Leaders can change the atmosphere with well-chosen words of life.
4- "Love keeps no record of wrongs." Yes, we must maintain HR files, but we must also be quick to help people move on from mistakes. Restoration is important for the individual and team productivity.
5- Create a culture of job security. How can people perform at their best when their livelihood is threatened? We want people thinking about how to grow the organization rather than thinking about finding new work. Confidence in a team can lead to higher productivity.
Busyness can rob our intentions.
We must break down the strongholds of excuses to not lead with love.
"What shall separate us from the love of Christ?" (Romans 8:35)

Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president—Media Group, Charisma Media. Sign up here for Dr. Greene's newsletters.

To contact us or to submit an article, click here.

Get Charisma's best content delivered right to your inbox! Never miss a big news story again. Click here to subscribe to the Charisma News newsletter.

Five ways to deepen your relationship with God, increase your faith and save money!

  • Deepen Your Relationship with God with a FREE eCourse: Click Here to view all of our free e-Courses. Favorite topics include Fear, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Supernatural, and How to Hear God.
  • Super Discounts and Close-Out Specials: Click Here to view all our bundles and close-out specials and save up to 86%! Prayer, Holy Spirit, Anointing, the Supernatural and more.
  • God Wants to Anoint Women Now: Rise up and enter the anointing of Deborah, Anna, Esther, Ruth and Hannah. You were called to go higher. Click Here to learn more.
  • Change Your Atmosphere and Circumstances Through Prayer! John Eckhardt's prayer bundle gives you six powerful books to help you pray and change any situation. Click Here.
  • HUGE Bible Sale!: Click Here to save up to 50% off a great selection of Bibles. Plus, get a free gift with each order!

Subscription Special: Subscribe to Charisma for Only $24.97 and get a free gift. With your subscription, you'll receive Born For Significance by best-selling author Bill Johnson. View Offer

Attention Pastors and Leaders: Leadership training and development are crucial for success. Enroll in a FREE 1-hour leadership mini-course by Dr. Mark Rutland. View Details

Charisma News - Informing believers with news from a Spirit-filled perspective