The Chinese concept of Yin and Yang holds that there are two contradictory sides to everything that exists. We often look at things in terms of “black and white” and “right and wrong.”This same concept applies to leaders. I believe that there are two types of leaders in the world: One type is driven by an inferiority complex and is insecure because they rely on ego. The other type of leader is driven by compassion and love and is influenced by empathy for people.
I am glad to see that an increasing number of the compassionate type of leaders are emerging and taking more prominent roles in the business world. These leaders understand that managing by using fear and intimidation is not useful at all. Leaders who use tactics such as threats and bullying do more harm than good.
The fear-motivated leader is insecure and transfers his or her feelings of inferiority onto the people who work for him. This type of leader may get results in the beginning, but over time, people become unmotivated and feel ignored. Feeling unloved or uncared for is a terrible feeling.
People work for leaders with an inferiority complex out of a sense of fear, not loyalty. When this happens, employees are not working at their full potential. There is no sense of dedication to an organization’s mission.
This is a very short-sighted way to lead because it always creates more problems, and that is very harmful for the whole organization. No business can be sustainable with a leader who is driven by fear and greed. People may stay with the organization for a short time but they will be resentful and unmotivated.
On the other hand, a leader who focuses on love, empathy and kindness takes care of their people and has a great vision. They are not short-sighted because they realize that being patient and understanding can reap benefits in the future. These types of leaders bring a wholeness to their organization’s entire culture. Employees are not belittled or discouraged; rather their potential is recognized and nurtured. This is what makes a great team.
Leaders who want to operate from a place of love need to look deep inside themselves and check their companies, their actions and their decisions. Those who make decisions based on love rather than fear are essentially looking at the long-term development of their people. This is one of the most important things an organization can do because without people, nothing can progress.
All good leaders should ask themselves one question: is it fear or love that motivates them?