Posted by John Wright on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:35 PM

I was delivering a seminar in Houston in 2010 called Inspirational Coaching. The attendees were full-time professional business coaches. One of them became uncomfortable and took exception to the term “love” when I suggested that great coaches “loved” their players. He was fine with “caring” about those he coached, but was really, sincerely asking, “What’s love got to do with it?”

John Wooden, ten time national championship UCLA coach voted by ESPN as the greatest coach in U.S. sports history, said in his outstanding book, Wooden on Leadership, that the one thing that separates a good coach from a truly great coach was love. Coach Wooden called it the “four-letter word” that doesn’t seem to fit in the rough and tumble world of business and professional sports. And yet he credits this characteristic for being the primary element of his success in turning talent into performance so consistently.

The great Vince Lombardi expressed a similar sentiment: “I don’t have to like my associates, but as a man I must love them. Love is loyalty. Love is teamwork. Love respects the dignity of the individual. Heart power is the strength of your corporation.”

So in case you’re wondering too… That’s what love’s got to do with it.

2 thoughts on “Leadership: What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

  1. When T.D. Smyers was Regional CEO of the American Red Cross I saw firsthand, how those that worked for, or worked with T.D. really enjoyed/loved working there .

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