Week 11-April 5, 2009
Awh…!! What an endearing way to end a book—really a manual!—called “The Leadership Challenge.”
It ends on a good note; one will be hard-pressed to feel dejected after reading: “leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart (p. 351).” And this is all too apparent in the preceding comments especially as Jody shares about how she overcame her fears and just let her love for the technical sides of the funeral business overtake her! ;o)
So Stacey asks:
What role has love played in your experiences as leaders? Do you agree that is “the secret to success?
I think love has always played the role in my leadership experience. This is because, one does not often choose to be a leader, but may feel called, compelled to address a need, thus, facing some challenging situations. And these situations are often unwelcome or uneasy, so I have often found myself questioning the worth. I find that it is this love and vision I have for a group, project, or issue that has me remaining in the leadership role. For example, I recently decided to stay on the BGAPSA (Black Graduate and Professional Students Association) board for the next year. I was going to excuse myself from these responsibilities but there are still some things I would like to see happen, and would like the opportunity to positively influence our community. And I’m sure we can all agree that when we’re leading with love, more than just duty it inspires us and those around us, and it is often the recipe for a successful and durable outcome. For me, my responsibility to meet a collective need often outweighs my personal need to have more time for myself. I just hope, in this instance, I won’t regret leading from my heart instead of my head!