Beyond the compelling history encapsulated here, those four words capture a vision that applies equally well to other pursuits in life. If you truly love something enough to expose yourself to the risks of achieving it, you will be willing to assume a leadership role in its pursuit. Nothing worth having has come without accepting the risks associated with it.
Here’s a modern spin for your consideration: “Love of People Leads”. If you truly love people, those you work with and those you serve, that feeling leads to exceptional effort. It separates the folks who are just doing their assigned tasks from those inspired people who are creating genuine value in their client’s minds. The results are the stuff of which legends are made.
I’m not talking about the kind of emotional love we feel for a significant other. I’m referring to the type of love that Pat Williams explains in his book, Leadership Excellence: The Seven Sides of Leadership for the 21st Century:
“The ancient Greeks had four different words for four different kinds of love. The particular form of love I’m talking about here—love that is a voluntary and deliberate choice—is a love the ancient Greeks called agape (pronounced ah-GAH-pay). Agape love is a deliberate commitment to love even when the object of that love is neither lovely nor lovable. That means you’ve got to agape love your players (your troops, your employees, your congregation) even when they mess up, break rules, lose games, and break your heart. You have to stick with your decision to love your players even when your emotions are roiling with anger, hurt, and disappointment.”
People are the foundation of Success. It’s People First, Purpose Second, then Details Always. That’s where the Love of People Leads.