Leading with Love at Work

by | May 14, 2015

We want to take you on a brave faith and work leadership journey. One that requires an open mind and strong courage. A journey that will almost certainly yield incredible fruit in your work. Are you game?

Last Friday at our 12th annual WorkMatters Leadercast, WorkMatters unveiled a fresh perspective on faith and work to 1,900 leaders. We relaunched our 7 Pillars of Faith and Work with a powerful new eBook. More importantly, we added a new concept to the 7 Pillars that has the potential to radically change the workplace. To radically change you!

The concept? LOVE!

The Bible can feel overwhelming at times. So much wisdom. So many directives. But Jesus gave us two simple, straightforward commands that stand tall over all of the others. We know them as the “Great Commandment” in Matthew 22:37-38.  ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’

Said simply, “Love God and love others.” This potent command is applicable wherever you are … at home, in the community, and yes, even at work!

But we must recognize that “love at work” has a unique context. Love at work is not an emotion or a feeling like we might have for a family member. Instead, think of it as a verb, an action, a behavior.

These questions should provide some perspective on leading with love at work:

  • Do you … praise employees in public and counsel them in private?
  • Do you … forgive someone who has wronged you?
  • Do you … give generously of your time?
  • Do you … send handwritten thank you notes?
  • Are you … truthful with coworkers and do you communicate that truth in love?
  • How do … people feel after interacting with you?

Love is now the first and most substantial of the 7 Pillars of Faith and Work. It is foundational to the other pillars. It informs and motivates them. Consider these verses from 1 Corinthians 13:2-3: “… if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” And “If I give all I possess to the poor … but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Leading with love will have a powerful impact on your influence. Leading with love will have a powerful impact on your results! The question is: can you really be a brave leader and NOT lead with love?


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David Roth

David Roth has been the president and CEO of Workmatters since October, 2003. Workmatters is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Northwest Arkansas in 2003 with a mission is to help people pursue God’s purpose for their work. Since then, Workmatters has been used to impact thousands of leaders in Northwest Arkansas and across the U.S. Prior to leading Workmatters, Mr. Roth was vice president, sales and marketing for J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc. Before joining J.B. Hunt in 1999, David was the senior vice president of marketing for Manugistics, a supply chain management software provider in Maryland and vice president of marketing for American Software in Atlanta, Ga. He also has nine years of supply chain management experience with McKesson Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. and Harrison, Ark. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Arkansas. He resides in Fayetteville, Ark. with his wife, Theresa and has two sons, Dylan and Tyler.