The Impact of Your Love

Far too often I meet an individual who – whether they confess openly or not – believes they must be someone else to be a good leader. This is sad. It breaks my heart.

We are a proud, free people in this society. Why then do we allow this form of individual bondage to exist in our collective presence? Individual impact is freed when one breaks through the barrier of judgment and pride.

Brent’s personal brand is “I Challenge People to Succeed.” Brent is a knowledgeable, talented Chief Financial Officer. So, you may find that brand a bit surprising. Let me tell you how it looks.

Her manager was on vacation. She depended on her manager when these sort of technical problems arose. Her manager always knew what to do. This problem was a big one in Lisa’s eyes. She had no choice. She had to take it to her manager’s boss; Brent.

Lisa explained the problem to Brent and asked if he knew how to fix it. He said, “No.” However, he expressed faith in her ability to figure it out if she would just sit down, think it through, and come back with her thoughts. And that she did.

Brent told me about how Lisa came back with the solution – the solution she found on her own. This was a confidence-building success for her. She had met a challenge. I looked at Brent and asked, “You never told her you knew the solution did you?” He responded, “No. That’s not what’s important.”

Please hear me; this is the impact of Brent’s brand as a leader. This story illustrates Brent’s brand of love. The more aware you become of your brand of love as a leader, the more things work together in pushing that love out into the world. Brent is comfortable – yes, confident – in being who he is as he lives according to his brand. He is okay with who he is at his core.

Free from judgment, free from pride, he confidently acts in the guiding light of his brand. This is the impact of Brent’s love.

4 thoughts on “The Impact of Your Love

  1. Jeff, we all love to have a boss like Brent and if we are really lucky we have one in our career. My “best boss,” like Brent, was extremely self confident and did not need to take his employees’ ideas and make them his own. Instead he would pull the best out of each employee and encourage them to do even better. Hurray for the Brents and what we all can learn from them!

  2. I agree with Mary Ellen. Bosses like Brent are so empowering. They really DO bring out the best in us–and isn’t that what we want in a leader–to be able to become our best selves?

  3. I’ve been lucky enough to have a couple of bosses like Brent, and I strive to treat my interns with the same respect. I love the idea of “brand of love” as a leadership style. Great post.

  4. Thanks for this post, Jeff. I think challenging people to succeed and showing them that you believe that they can succeed is one of the most important characteristics of a great leader.

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