To be a loving leader simply means to not be mean, harsh, impatient or unkind. It also means to simply NOT be vindictive, uncaring, sarcastic or hurtful. Doesn't that reframe it as something that is quite easy to do?
Kindness is free! Kindness is also the most valuable currency a leader has - kindness does not mean looking the other way. Rather it means the deepest form of caring (which can also be in the form of a tough conversation or a firing!). Kindness means having the wherewithall to say the words to someone that will stick with them for a lifetime (whether coaching, supportive or motivating words).
Thank you Richard Sheridan for the amazing Chief Joy Officer book!
The path to joyful leadership is anything but comfortable. It involves letting go of most of what you've learned or experienced. It means changing what you believe ABOUT the people who work for you and with you. It means getting back to your own personal definition of joy. One you'd be proud to have