Love and Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
As I think about this time of year, a time of giving thanks, sharing gifts and being with those we care about, I think about love. Last week, I took my 6 year old son to see the movie Frozen. The movie tells the story of two sisters. The older sibling was born with the magic of turning things to ice with her touch. She accidentally hurts her sister with this magic and cannot forgive herself. She does not know how to control her magic and therefore locks herself into a room and will not communicate with others. By the end of the movie, the older sister finds that through love and caring for others, she is able to control her magic and uses it for good.
The story in Frozen speaks to the power of love. Many fables share a similar message. Many of us grew up being told this message; that love perseveres. Love and goodness win. Then we grow up a little bit more and learn about the darker aspects of society. We learn about people, animals, communities and aspects of the environment that are in need. We also learn about many nonprofit organizations that are created to help those whom others have forgotten. Again, we learn about how love and caring can help.
The love of leaders can provide a positive way to change the way we see things, how we think and can therefore change the ways that we behave. When our leaders guide us with love, it can be transformational. Leadership from a place of caring and interest has much more power than leadership from a place of fear. Can fear-based leadership even be considered leadership at all? How authentic and powerful is it? Think about the leaders that you admire the most…what traits do they have that has led you to admire them? Has their love of the work, love of their cause, love of making a change factored into why you follow them?
John Hope Bryant, author of Love Leadership, states that “When you get real with people, when you show vulnerability, you connect with them and you move them on a human level. That gives you real power.” John C. Maxwell, the leadership expert, states that “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”. What do YOU care about? How much do you care about it? If so, how can you show it in the year to come? Wishing you a wonderful new year full of love!
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