5 fundamental laws of leadership

Cross posted from my other blog Love and Leadership

[Via John Hope Bryant’s book – Love Leadership]

Love Leadership distills what I have learnt about leading, particularly in these turbulent times, into five fundamental laws.

1. Loss Creates Leaders: There can be no rainbow without a storm. That is, there can be no strength or inner growth without the pain of legitimate suffering. Most great leaders came to the wisdom to lead through the endurance of life’s trials.

2. Fear Fails. Fear based leadership rules today’s business landscape. But leading through fear is increasingly antiquated and self-defeating. It’s a crippling indulgence that we can no longer afford.

3. Love Makes Money. Love is central to success in business. In fact, the expression of love in business – that is creating long term relationships with your customers, employees, and community based on caring for others and doing good – makes you wealthy.

4. Vulnerability Is Power. When you open up, people open up to you. Vulnerability is the door to your heart. It grants great power to those who are strong enough to leave that door open. Real leaders understand that vulnerability is not a weakness; in fact, it can be your greatest strength.

5. Giving Is Getting. Leaders give – followers take, The more you offer to others, the more they will want to stay with you, share with you, protect you, and support you. Giving inspires loyalty, attracts good people, confers peace of mind, and lies at the core of true wealth.

This is a book I am waiting to read. Wonder when and if they would publish it in India.

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3 thoughts on “5 fundamental laws of leadership

  1. Very nice Raj. And when i think about these points, i recollect the ‘How’ part to some of the above which our new CEO has used in our organization. Being completely from a different culture, he did a great job of integrating and creating trust between him and the employees. And the techniques were simple…regular, transparent communication via his blogs, open & regular participation via social networking tools. Most employees now have begun to respect him not out of fear but his passion for work/organization and honesty.

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