RATING: 90// Highly recommend for Christian business leaders; recommended for all business leaders.
THE FACTS // Author : Joel Manby > Category : Business Management > Time to Read : 3 Hours
TWITTER SUMMARY // Joel Manby shares how he learned that putting Love to the center of his leadership style has made a huge difference.
IMPORTANT NOTES // The author is a Christian and a lot of his message is shared through this world view. However, there are enough practical business examples that even non-Christians should enjoy this book.
Power and Love: Great leaders set aggressive targets and hold people accountable and lead with love at the same time. Combining love with tough business decisions and accountability is hard, but leads to superior results in every aspect of an organization (See quote below).
Be vs. Do Goals: Be goals are more important than do goals.Great organizations set goals for what they want to be and how they are going to do it. Organizations with goals about what they want to be will perform better financially over time.
Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leadership
- PATIENT: Have self-control in difficult situations.
- KIND: Show encouragement and enthusiasm.
- TRUSTING: Place confidence in someone.
- UNSELFISH: Think of yourself less.
- TRUTHFUL: Define reality corporately and individually.
- FORGIVING: Release the grip of the grudge.
- DEDICATED: Stick to our values in all circumstances.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-7) ” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
"As I have said before, as leaders we all have to use the power given to us to get things done: to set aggressive targets, to hold others accountable, to ask for resources, to make tough decisions, and to rally people to a common goal and get results. If our organizations go belly-up, what good is love?
Great leaders, however, do all of those things and also understand how to lead with and incorporate love simultaneously. It isn’t easy or intuitive, which is why it requires a lifetime of dedications."