Andy Kelk

All you need is love?

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to spend a day in the company of many inspiring engineering leaders at the Melbourne leg of the CTO Summit Series. One of the speakers was Paul Hughes from Flexera who opened his talk with a plea to “Love Your Team“. It obviously struck a chord as it was mentioned many more times throughout the day.

It reminded me of being at two friends’ wedding a few weeks back; the short service included a passage commonly read at such events, taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. As well as being pleased for my friends and celebrating their union, I also thought of how the same words could apply equally in an organisational context:

Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

What if you replaced the word “Love” with “Leadership” or “Teamwork”? Do you feel those things about the people you work with? Do you love your colleagues?

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