Love is a pretty strong word to use about your leader. We use the word pretty flippantly any more though. We’re quick to use “love” when are talking about a movie, a book, pizza, a car, a cup of coffee, a beer, or our new smartphone. But we are slower to say “love” about a person. I guess that is because we don’t know if the other person loves us back. We know the frosty mug of beer or a movie is not going to love us back, so who cares if we say we love them? So do I love my Leader. Some of my leaders I genuinely do love. I love parents, I love my Pastor and the Elders of my church. Those are some of the easier leaders to confess my love for. But what about my government leaders, police, teachers, or boss. I’m happy that I live in the USA and I would defend America to the end. I’m thankful for police that they are here to serve and protect me. But for the most part, my government leaders and policemen are at a distance. It’s hard to love them because I don’t feel loved back. I know that they are concerned for me, but that is about as far as it goes.
Teachers are in closer contact to me. They see me regularly, so I interact with them, sometimes on a personal level. But we rarely discuss personal things. I don’t know what is going on with their lives nor them about me.
Then there is my boss. This guy knows my kids' names and I know his. He is genuinely invested in my life. Yes, he asks me to work, and work hard for the company, for him. But it’s easy for me to do, not because of the paycheck (although I’m thankful for that as well), but because I want him to succeed. I’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great bosses in the past. Don't get me wrong, I’ve had a few jerks as well. But the attention and concern my boss gives to me and to all that are around him, makes me want to give back. I see how he wants our customers to succeed without being selfish about his own company growth, and that speaks loud to me as a man, not just an employee.
Do I love my leaders? Not all of them, but the owner of MacExperience, Joel Read… Let’s just say he knows how I feel.