Is it a bit of an exaggeration to say leaders need to love their people?
We don't have to like someone every day or even most days, but isn't love a leadership requirement?
We should always strive to build a community that encourages cooperation, emotional support, and personal learning as we work together to achieve what we cannot accomplish alone.
The connectedness of people is always on display in an exceptional school. No leader ever builds lasting success in isolation. One of the most underutilized and most effective strategies for improving results is building a community that connects people's deepest hopes and dreams to the work at hand.
Schools need leaders who address matters of the heart, leaders who engage in an ongoing process of reminding people that their work is important, they are being successful, and their continued success will depend in large part on their willingness to work together to share their knowledge, skills, and insights. (Rick Dufour, 2004)
Impactful leaders consistently show their belief that love is a verb. Love – the feeling – is the fruit of love the verb or our loving actions. (Covey, 1988)
Leadership and love are inextricably connected as leading others is truly an affair of the heart.