What Is Love?

When your kitchen and dining room involve a stump and a log, you know the value of Love.
Orcas Island, Puget Sound 1984
We were not expecting company.

What is love’s place in leadership? Is it important and appropriate, or does it make a leader soft, vulnerable and weak?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Interestingly enough, when you look at it currently as well as through history (like Machiavelli’s “The Prince”), the absence of love in leadership usually occurs with the presence of insecurity. What was Machiavelli’s solution to this for new leaders? He was the one that said, “It is better to be feared than to be loved.” That’s a sad way to live – creating fear to control your own insecurities. But as much as we point to Machiavelli as the wrong way to lead, so many find themselves following that advice almost unconsciously.


  2. Fearful leaders are perhaps just glorified managers who are now in a position in which they have the organizational skills yet lack vision, courage and persistence.

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