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The You of Leadership by Twan van de Kerkhof

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THE L-WORD

Leadership is not about love, or so most leaders think. The L-word is rarely used in boardrooms. Love is for your spouse or your children. Maybe you also love your work or your car, but definitely not your colleagues. What would they think if you were to say you loved them?

However, some leaders are an exception. Bill O’Brien, former President of Hanover Insurance Company, is beautifully quoted in Adam Kahanes book, about which I will say more below: “By ‘love’, I mean a predisposition toward helping another person to become complete: to develop their full potential. Love is not something that suddenly strikes us – it is an act of the will. By ‘an act of will’, I mean that you do not have to like someone to love him or her. Love is ...

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