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 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 Corinthians 2:9-10 (King James Version)
Why Love Leadership when we have so many leadership techniques already in practice?
For decades now, the conscious learning of leadership techniques has been one of the most popular topics in management training. Most large corporations provide leadership training for their executives and supervisors, thus demonstrating the belief that correct application of leadership principles increases business effectiveness. The great majority of these leadership principles are consistent with and most are based on the principles of the Word of God. This is partly attributable to the fact that many of the most respected names in leadership development are Christians. Unfortunately, the church has been slow to adopt the Biblical principles that are yielding so much fruit in the business realm. Much of the church continues to lead by a strongly directive model. This results in few leaders who become overwhelmed with the activity of micro-management under the auspices of striving for excellence. It also results in church workers who are fearful to step out in a way not directed by the leader. If church work is done in strife, is it really God?
" That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ..."
-Ephesians 4:14-15 (King James Version)
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.
But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
-Mark 10:42-45 (King James Version)
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