Many leaders are very uncomfortable with the idea of love in the workplace. It brings up fear about the bad things that happen when people cross boundaries and behave inappropriately.
This is not the kind of “love” I am talking about!
I am talking about “loving” our people so deeply that that we make their well-being THE priority that matters most. For more info, watch this: 10 min TED Talk on Why the Best Companies Make Love the Top Priority.
I am talking about deliberately developmental companies that focus at least as much on the GROWTH and WELL-BEING of their people as they do on other results like market share or profits.
At Chandler Coaches, these are the kind of leaders and company cultures we want to help create and influence.
Did you know that a Standard & Poors company that focuses on profit as their #1 priority only lasts for an average of 20 years? That is precious little time.
Companies who focus on the long-term growth and well-being of their people thrive far longer.
Even nation states are starting to wake up. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeion has teamed up with Prime Minsters Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and Katrin Jacobsdottir of Iceland to promote an agenda of well-being and an alternate future based on inclusive growth vs. traditional indicators like Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (see article).
These first ministers know that a continuous focus on economic growth is a progress trap that will accelerate our demise. They know we need to lead in another way. I believe we can choose sane, loving, local leadership to counteract the march to disorder in our world.
We can choose to have an unshakeable faith in people’s capacity to be generous, creative and kind.
When I look across the coffee table at clients/leaders in our Conscious Leader Forums, I regularly feel a deep connection and caring for them. Often times, the strong feelings that arise don’t feel any different than those that I have for my daughter. When I and they can be present and really see each other without armour, it feels like magic and possibility. It feels like we can face conflict and complexity and create good outcomes together.
Note: To get this caring connection with others you need to be willing to let your own guard down.
Imagine the potential for our companies and our world if we leaders could drop our deep fear of real connection in the workplace? If we could turn off the belief that financial growth year over year IS the path to success? If we could make our people the #1 priority and trust that other results would all be taken care of with highly self-aware, connected people who care?
I do care very much about business growth and results. I just see that the path to get there is through love. I want to work with others who are willing to walk this path too.
Here’s to a 2020 of deep connections, people growth and love in service of our people, our families, our communities and our planet.
 From Margaret J. Wheatley’s Who Do We Choose to Be? 2017.