Clive, I guess, was right when he worte his little diddy about love, life, and our limited time here. “There is no safe investment,” C.S. Lewis began in his book titled, The Four Loves. “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.” Good.
Yesterday, I reminded a team that was once a team of faux, that the number one emotion their team needs from them as leaders is the emotion of love. Yes, leader, if you want a team to run through walls with you, they’ve got to catch your love. Money, position, power, and the promise of other spoils from victory will only carry ‘em so far. Study Alexander the Great, you’ll see. Knowing that you’ve got a plan, a big dream, and the kinda strategic mind that can make it happen, is not enough. Knowing that you love them, that you deeply care?
So, leader, take the chance to care deeply in work and life. Love more. Fear less. You’ll see. Your team at home and away, both run on love. They want a calm, cool, collected, and caring leader beside them. And, when they look in your eyes they gotta see more love than fear. What emotion, leader, are you sending to the teams around you? More love? Less fear? Slow down and sit with this one for awhile. Sit with your team too. Practice the ministry of being with. Break some bread. Share a smile, some steak, and some red wine. Laugh. Learn. Care.
Tonight, with a few of my teammates in work and life, I’ll be doing just that. Your team needs to know you care, deeply care. We do our best work where we are challenged to stretch, build mastery, and become a better version of ourselves. And, we do our best work where we sense we’re home, where we feel like we belong. Tough and tender. Become and belong.
Makes no cents. Makes perfect sense to me. Good…