Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Leaders Must Love

Leaders need to be a lot of things to their organization.  If you are a leader then you know the "list" of characteristics as well as I do.  You have researched the topic in order to imitate the quality leaders of life.  In your research you have come across various characteristics as the following:
  • Organized
  • Conviction
  • Honesty
  • Good communicator
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Competent
Without a doubt these are and always will be characteristics that effective leaders need to have.  There is one characteristic that is hands down the most important trait to have as a leader.  Leaders must love.  I am not talking about a love that someone would have for a spouse, their own children, and even close friends.  I am talking about a love for your fellow man.  Some people may call it compassion or having empathy.  In order for a leader to have an impact in their organization they must care for the people that work in their company.  

The Bible talks about love in 1 Corinthians 13:1  "If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate."   

Do you think anyone would want to listen a creaking rusty gate!  Not a chance.  That sound sends chills up people's spine.    They can't hear you and any point you try to make because the screeching  sounds stands out the most.  The phrase "People don't care what you know until they know that you care", is hands down the most important lesson a quality leader needs to learn.  As a leader set the example of caring in your organization.  See the video above of how this school showed loved.

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