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Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World Hardcover – August 17, 2009
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serves as a beacon of new leadership, demonstrating how leading with love and respect creates success in business. (EuroInvestor.co.uk, February 2011).
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In 1992, at the age of 26, John Hope Bryant was running a successful financial services firm when the Los Angeles riots broke out. After the violence and chaos subsided, Bryant saw that his community needed a "hand up, not a handout," so he founded Operation HOPE, an organization dedicated to helping low-wealth communities attain financial literacy empowerment. Today, Bryant is a sought-after speaker recognized for his leadership and service around the world.
In Love Leadership, Bryant chronicles his story of transformation from a teenager growing up in South Los Angeles to the leader of one of the most impressive antipoverty organizations in the country, and shares the unlikely ingredient for his leadership success: love. He shows leaders how to break away from the long-standing leadership style--one based on fear. Instead, he suggests that the best way to lead in both your professional and personal life is to figure out what you have to give others in a world obsessed with the question "what do I get?"
Drawing on his remarkable success story and on interviews with love-based leaders such as Former President Bill Clinton, Bill George, and Andrew Young, Bryant outlines the five laws of love-based leadership:
- Loss creates leaders: There can be no inner growth without the pain of legitimate suffering.
Fear fails: Leading through fear is antiquated and self-defeating, a crippling indulgence that we can no longer afford.
Love makes money: The expression of love in business--creating long-term relationships with customers and employees based on caring for others and doing good--makes everyone wealthy.
Vulnerability is power: When you open up, people open up to you. Real leaders know that vulnerability is not a weakness, but rather their greatest strength.
Giving is getting: Leaders give, followers take. Giving inspires loyalty, attracts good people, confers peace of mind, and lies at the core of true wealth.
Aimed at a new generation of leaders and extremely relevant in today's complex and fast-moving world, Love Leadership is a bold and contrarian guide to leadership and success.
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Negativity spread quickly throughout the department and a highly explosive combination of prejudice, disconnection with your employer, lack of integrity and fear from BOTH sides, managers and subordinates) caused the place to come to a halt and get anybody pulled into the swirl of negativity and pure evilness.
LOVE LEADERSHIP adresses exactly these issues in its book and gives one some very helpful advice how to overcome the leadership obstacles so often observed in corporations and every day life.
My favorit quote "an organization of empowered leaders will outperform a top-down, command-control organization every time." Command and control are a sign of fear gripping you as a manager or leader, afraid losing your power (rather pseudo-power). And John Hope Bryant's personal mantra "doing good by doing well", should be the credo of the 21st century.
Almost every situation or issue described in this book, I have observed or experienced myself. And the solutions offered by the author seem so simple yet so powerful. "You do not need to like everybody, not even your enemy, but never fail to love them, then we all are God's children deserving to be loved". And if you instill this in you, you have a very powerful tool to overcome and conquer anything you face in life.
The most surprising aspect of LOVE LEADERSHIP is that John Hope Bryant was not afraid to speak about his personal and professional mistakes he has made, and this gives me a true sense of hope. We live in a world, where we are pressured to become millionairs and at best with the age of 10. Everything has to happen as soon as possible in our life, otherwise you are quickly considered as a failure. On contrary, the message John Hope Bryant is spreading is: "It is never too late in life!" It does not matter if you are 20 or 40 or 60 years old, live now, do something now and stop dwelling in your past.
Success stories are nice and there more than enough of them out there. Superhumans everywhere. But stories of failure and overcoming them, and confessing that you are still far from perfect, that made me connect with John Hope Bryant's book.
Thank you John for giving back the most powerful tool we all possess "LOVE".
As I turned the pages, I thought not only about how I've led in the past and can improve immediately, but also about other leaders with whom I've worked in the past. There is not a doubt in my mind that Mr. Bryant's thoughts on what is more effective and what is less effective is completely consistent with my experiences in over 25 years of working.
While I intend to give copies of this book to my entire team at work (perhaps as a holiday gift), the very first person to whom I'm going to give a copy of this book is my son, who is just starting out in his first (entry level) job out of college. While he already exhibits a number of the Love Leadership qualities as a young man, I'm confident that this book will help drive the messages home from a source other than his parents and one who he knows for whom I have great respect and admiration. Love Leadership should be "required reading" for all graduating students, whether from college or high school, as it's certainly easier to mold a leadership style in formation than changing an established one.
John Bryant has done a masterful job with this book. Typical of the approach to/with his life, this book will "give" to others much more than will be received in return.
It's hard to imagine who wouldn't benefit from reading this wonderful book....twice (at least). How much better the world would be if more people led in this manner!