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Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World by John Hope Bryant

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Chapter 1. Loss Creates Leaders

Loss is personal for me. I learned the importance of the first law of love leadership—loss creates leaders—when I was a child and my family struggled with money problems. It was my family's collective loss that led me to become the leader I am today.

The number one reason why families divorce in America is money, and this sad fact became a reality in my home when I was five. Up to that point, my family had been living the American dream. Here was a hard-working, enterprising black family from the South, headed by a mother and father armed only with an eighth-grade education. (My mother would go back to school at age sixty-two to receive her high school equivalency, later marching in cap and gown to obtain her diploma ...

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