Science tells us that humans are deeply wired for empathy and compassion and that our emotional selves help us make better decisions and motivate others. However, the tactics we use to train leaders bear little reflection of these advancements; we’re still creating competent but emotionally distant leaders who “manage human assets” and lead by setting goals, deadlines, and deliverables.
Zina Sutch and Patrick Malone hope to flip a light switch and illuminate, above all else, that leadership begins with heart and soul. Too many training programs reduce leadership to an equation, matrix, or acronym. But leadership is a relationship. It’s one human helping another. The most successful leaders show they genuinely care about their employees and are, well, fun. It’s just like any relationship.
In seven succinct chapters, the authors show that people lead best when they tap into their genetically driven human nature to love and nurture, connect and trust. Leading with love and laughter offers powerful dividends: tighter teams, stronger performance, improved morale, greater trust, more creativity, and even better health. While Sutch and Malone cite the science and offer examples, tips, and practices, their larger purpose is to reintroduce the warmth of human interaction and emotion as the foundation of what leadership is all about.
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About the Author
Patrick Malone is director of Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University and a frequent lecturer at Yale School of Management and the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Table of Contents
Part I Love 11
Chapter 1 Love is the Answer 13
Chapter 2 Leaders Who Love 35
Chapter 3 The Love Behaviors 45
Part II Laughter 61
Chapter 4 Why Laugh? 63
Chapter 5 Leaders Who Make Us Laugh 83
Chapter 6 The Laughter Behaviors 93
Part III The Leap 111
Chapter 7 You Have Permission-Now What? 113
About the Authors 143