For our next few blog posts, we’re taking a closer look at some of the ideas explored in Chris and Karen Blakeley’s recent book, Leading with Love: Rehumanising the Workplace. If you would like to learn more, the book is available to order here.
Love is not necessarily something we associate with corporate life. It is not easily quantifiable, or amenable to commoditisation. Certainly the language of love has been co-opted by modern marketing speak, used to present a softer, more human veneer to the banks, skincare companies and fast food chains who advertise their wares to us from billboards and computer screens. Yet to what extent is working culture actually informed by principles of love and shared humanity? Companies are adept at aligning themselves with social justice imperatives in public, but how far does love – the animating principle of social conscience – really penetrate into the business practices of organisations?
As the world of business becomes increasingly automated, the human component begins to be lost. In a fully globalised world dominated by flows of capital almost entirely abstracted from the humans who generate it, what happens to individuals caught in this system? Our commercial world has grown so vast, so interconnected, and so successful at generating vast sums of wealth that it is easy for people to become adrift, trapped, or instrumentalised within it; valued only for what they can produce, not for their potential.
This soulless, alienating picture of the world of work is not what it can or should be. It is also not what it has to be. Leading with love offers a way to re-centre our shared humanity within working life in a way that is beneficial to both organisations and individuals. By leading with love, we can combat the burnout, stress, and anxiety that result from a workplace culture designed to foster self-preservation and competition. As leaders, we can find renewed purpose in our work by turning our attention to lifting up those around us, directly benefiting our own mental health and performance in return.
What does leading with love look like in practice? What do we even mean by ‘love’ within a business context? In the next few blogs we’ll unpack what defines love as we see it and break down how to apply this ethos in everyday working life, opening up the hidden potential of our staff, our organisations, and ourselves.
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