It's all about love

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by Stephane Leblanc

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love. - Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of three kinds of love: eros (romantic love), philia, (friendship love) and agape which he described as an understanding, redeeming goodwill for all; an overflowing love which is purely spontaneous, unmotivated, groundless, creative and seeking to preserve and create community.

Conscious leadership is grounded in love, the capacity to extend ourselves for the sake of other people's growth and to make decisions considering what is good for all humans and not just what is good for us or our organization. It is about using our leadership power to effect change for humanity's good.

Why is love important in leadership? Because love is the value that is the foundation of our most noble human values. Love activates, empowers and encourages the growth of our other core values.

As described by the psychologist Carl Jung, there there only two basic emotions, love and fear. Love expands, creates, connects and is inspired from the soul. Fear contracts, destroys, creates separation and is inspired from the ego,

Unfortunately, many business leaders have also forgotten about love. I am sure these leaders love their family and friends and would not do anything to hurt them but when they get to work, many of them leave their love behind. They have embraced the fact that business is about competition and about winning and they will do anything to destroy the competition and be the best.

Some food companies sell products with ingredients that are not so good for their customer's health but they do it anyways to reduce costs and make more profits.

Some pharmaceutical companies hire PR firms to write the research reports to ensure their new drug gets approved even though some of the side effects are not so good for their customers.

Even NASA launched a space shuttle many years ago after an engineer said it was not safe because of a defect, but they proceeded with the launch because they had had too many delays already. The shuttle exploded shortly after take off.

Some oil companies spend huge amounts of money on PR campaigns to contradict science on global warming.

Many investment bankers sold financial products to their customers that were worthless to maximize their profits and their bonus and created the financial crisis of 2008. When the US government loaned them huge amounts of money to save the financial industry, they used a lot of this money to give themselves bonuses.

Where is the love in business? Why do so many leaders lead from fear? Where have all these leaders learned that it is acceptable to hurt other human beings to make more profits?

Fortunately, there are other leaders who embrace love as a corporate values. Who have decided to lead with love and not fear. Conscious leaders who actually care about the wellbeing of their employees, their customers and their community.

These conscious leaders understand that as leaders, it is their responsibility to care for all stakeholders and contribute goodness to humanity.

We are 7.6 billions people living on the same planet. There is no back up plan. There is no other planet we can all move to once we have destroyed this one. I admire Elon Musk passion to create the possibility that one day, humans can live in a colony on another planet, but the feasibility of this remains to be proven.

We need all leaders to get it and fast. We are all in this together. Making even more profit so you can get a bigger bonus, a nicer car, a bigger home, a boat, a plane, is not the answer.

True joy in life can only be found in contributing to the wellbeing of others.

When all leaders make the choice to become conscious leaders and embrace love as corporate value, we will live in a different world. We will live in a world where all humans care about the wellbeing of other human beings.

We will have chance to save humanity.

We will work together to co-create a promising future for the next generations.

We will be love.