Lead With Love

Gone are the days of heavy-handed leadership in the civilized society. Civilians are less likely to respond well to militaristic management styles. As we continue to evolve beyond our basic humanity, there is an awareness emerging, a sense that there is something more to life than just being a simple worker bee.

This urge to sense there is more to discover is the root of an enormous awakening in humanity, though the professional communities are more likely to convince you the urge can be (and should be) focused on your individual quest for meaning and purpose through your career choices or working environment.

Excellent upgrades are permeating the workforce of America – and the world – as we look at better ways to treat workers, because the militaristic methodologies or slavery-style leadership is being viewed as cruel or inhumane as workers feel they bring more value to the planet than being reduced to simply being a cog in the wheel.

As humanity continues to evolve society must discover ways to accommodate the evolution of the human mind, body and spirit as we head into the future.

The emergence of a kinder, gentler counter leader approach to leadership is gaining ground among professional management, rather than leading with an iron-fist, we are finding that the most productive leaders

Lead With Love

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While this may be a difficult concept to embrace when you are first introduced to it, we all can agree with the idiom, “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” It becomes necessary for leadership to treat their workforce with respect imbuing them with a sense of belonging, dignity and worth to achieve maximum effectiveness and higher retention.

It follows, if leadership were to turn up the volume on respect to its highest level you would be looking at “love” face to face. Hugely uncomfortable for some, but a brilliantly enlightened approach to team-building and the creation of uplifting support staffs.

Promoting camaraderie and a joyous work environment is trending in business cultures and the effects are paying off for the businesses and corporations utilizing these tactics… but as the workforce continues their evolution, there is an increasing sense of finding more meaning in what they do.

The most basic need of humanity is to love and be loved. Though we try to beat the sense of love or being worthy of love out of our societal structure (and certainly society has initiated many campaigns to persuade us to believe that love is folly and fleeting) innately we know that we were created to love and be loved, even if we’re unlikely to agree with the concept in the moment.

Work for Free

I work with leaders who lead with love. They are bold about it and their cultures radiate it within their organizations and to the communities they serve. Even though these workers are being well compensated, they are not motivated by the money at all. In fact, they have said – and I believe them – that they would work for free because they love their work.

To them, love is all there really is.

Now, that got the attention of leadership. Think about it, to have a team that was so in love with you, your business or organization (and each other) that they would work for free to support your vision.

Of course, leading with love and creating a culture of loving lovers is a daunting task if you are not truly a lover yourself. For those I know who lead with love, they are supported by the most amazing love cultures, and it just comes naturally to them.

Their business culture is an extension of who they are. As they are evolving into more loving individuals the love bug infects their entire organization like a sacred virus.

I am confident that as more people awake to the enlightened sacred virus, they will expect and eventually seek love in their daily lives even more than monetary reward.

How can you better lead with love?

 

Enter the Counter Leader

For years those of us in leadership have been trained and led to believe that leaders influence others to support a cause or business, to create a team of sub leaders within the greater whole of supporters and to influence continuity among those in the organization. An effective form of managing a group of people supporting a business or cause, but is it possible that a new leader is emerging from the role or leadership? A leader that is the polar opposite of the one that might insist that followers, “Think like me, or be gone.”?

Enter the Counter Leader

Unlike the iron-fisted (paramilitary-style) leader (I admit this is an extreme example) who resides at one end of the leadership spectrum, the Counter Leader is found on the other end of the spectrum and their numbers are on the rise.

The traditional leadership model is more focused on managing supporters by demanding compliance, establishing a strict set of rules, creating and managing a hierarchy of participants, establishing responsibility for productivity and systems to support to reporting non-compliance of other members, all excellent components to running a tightly-knit organization.

The Counter Leader, on the other hand, is a leader who doesn’t take responsibility for managing his or her followers. All the management is performed individually by the supporters as they are empowered to find their own way, exercise their innate skills, to freely come and go, participating with the organization – or not – without penalty or amercement.

This sounds like utter chaos to traditional leaders

How in the world can you expect to manage groups of individuals without controlling them and establishing conformity? It simply will not work.

For the most part, this might be true, if you’ve based your position on the lowest common denominator. If your supporters are simply regarded as worker-bees, then you are absolutely right.

But what if the participants in your organization and supporters were considered as uniquely individual, on their own path of enlightenment, taking full responsibility for their own thoughts and lives?

As enlightened individuality spreads among the populace and the numbers of this counter culture continue to increase, these individuals will not be able to be managed by traditional leadership models.

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And you might be surprised to learn that there are a growing number of these enlightened individuals within your organization right now. Because their numbers are small, many of them are living their lives and resigning themselves to covert operations, expending energy to appear to blend-in with your worker-bees in an effort to get by.

But they are merely biding their time. For the day will come when there will be a massive shift on this planet; and it will not be not be conquered by force, but by unconditional love and tolerance. There will be no more need for war or compliance, and those who promote dictatorship, dependence, submission, hate, violence and disrespect will find themselves without resources or followers, powerless to promote their agendas or influence others.

Yes, there was a time when we believed you, followed you, supported you, pledged all that we had to you. Why? Because you kept us in fear; fear that without you, we might surely die (or think that without you, we might be better off dead).

While Counter Leaders are growing in numbers they are not organizing an uprising, they are not promoting any agenda, and they are only loving others and mildly suggesting that others might consider growing and evolving without expectation. It has been a long journey, and you have controlled us well, but there are some who know you now and see you for who you really are and we are expanding.

Your reign is coming to an end

Without threat or violence, this path of enlightenment will continue to grow, peace and love will prevail.

And we love you